Cicilline’s Equality Act Passes Judiciary Committee

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee approved Congressman David N. Cicilline’s (RI-01) Equality Act (H.R.5) today. The Equality Act extends existing civil rights protections to LGBTQ Americans in the areas of employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding. The bill is co-sponsored by 240 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including three Republicans.


Cicilline issued the following statement after the Committee passed his bill:


“Fairness and equality are core American values. This bill affirms those values and ensures members of the LGBTQ community can live their lives free from the fear of legal discrimination of any kind.  Equal treatment under the law is a founding principle of America and it’s absurd that, in 2019, members of the LGBTQ community can be fired from their jobs, denied service in a restaurant or get thrown out of their apartment because of their sexual orientation or gender identify.  It’s very disappointing that, in 2019, most of my Republican colleagues are standing on the wrong side of history. This bill to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community is long overdue.”


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