Equality Act reintroduced in the United States Congress, with 241 lawmakers pledging support

The Equality Act of 2017, which would extend on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in matters of employment, housing, credit, jury selection, public education, and public accommodations, has been introduced into Congress.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). 46 Democratic Senators, and 194 members of the House, support the bill.

“The Equality Act represents a simple idea, that everyone, including members of the LGBT community, is entitled to equal treatment under the law, and the right to live free of discrimination,” Rep. Cicilline said during a press conference. “But today, in most states, you can get married on Saturday, post your wedding photos on Facebook on Sunday, and get fired from your job or kicked out of your apartment on Monday just because of who you are.”

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