Rep. Lawrence Votes to Pass Historic Equality Act to End Discrimination Against All LGBTQ Americans
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined 223 House members in voting to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act. The bill, which also passed the House in 2019, extends anti-discrimination protections not just in the workplace, but everywhere – in employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.
“Every LGBTQ American deserves to live their life free from discrimination. I’m proud to vote for the Equality Act and stand with the LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Today, the House is sending an unequivocal message that regardless of who you love or how you identify, you belong. I strongly urge the Senate to pass this bill immediately.”
Despite the success of the LGBTQ equality movement over the years, millions of LGBTQ Americans can still be discriminated against depending on the state they live in. In 27 states, including in Michigan, a person is at risk of being denied housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ people are also at risk of being denied access to education in 31 states, and the right to serve on a jury in 41 states.
The Equality Act remedies these disparities by amending existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding.
The Equality Act enjoys the overwhelming support of the American people – 70 percent of whom favor the legislation’s vital protections – as well as robust support from the business community, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of leading businesses and corporations that recognize that the strength of our economy and our society requires equal protection under the law.
President Biden has pledged to make the Equality Act a priority of his first 100 days in office.