Breaking: Joe Biden Elected PresidentNovember 7, 2020 • 11:42 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today media outlets announced a victory for Joe Biden in the presidential contest. President-elect Biden has pledged to make enactment of the Equality Act, which would ensure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide in virtually all areas of life, a top legislative priority in the 117th Congress.
“Today, America has spoken: our country’s values of treating others as we would want to be treated transcend party lines. President-elect Biden has the opportunity to ensure that LGBTQ people are free from discrimination in every aspect of their lives, no matter what state they call home. With his support, Americans have the opportunity to complete the pursuit of a generation: enacting comprehensive federal protections for all LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in essentially every area of life. Since the first federal nondiscrimination measure was introduced in Congress in 1974, LGBTQ Americans have worked to accomplish this end. This is a moment of historic opportunity; and victory has never been closer for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide. President-elect Biden should act quickly on his pledge to advance nondiscrimination protections in his Administration, including making the Equality Act a priority and protecting all Americans from discrimination.”
A majority of states currently lack comprehensive, explicit protections, leaving more than 50% of the country’s LGBTQ population – millions of Americans – vulnerable to discrimination. The urgency and momentum for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections over recent years is undeniable.
- Over the past four decades, 21 American states, the District of Columbia, and over 300 cities have enacted comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.
- Bipartisan consensus for nationwide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections is rising quickly. Public support is at an all-time high and polls show that a growing bipartisan supermajority of Americans support protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination: in a 2020 PRRI survey, more than eight in ten Americans (83%), including majorities of Independents (85%) and Republicans (68%), expressed support for these protections.
- The bipartisan composition of the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority opinion earlier this year in the landmark victory in Bostock v. Clayton County, which affirmed LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in the workplace, is just one of the latest high-profile examples.
- Business support is unprecedented, with nearly 300 corporations such as Dow Chemical, Apple, Microsoft, and Verizon coming together in multiple state and national business coalitions to support these protections.
- Virginia recently became the first southern state to prohibit discrimination statewide.
- A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in history passed LGBTQ comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the federal level.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case concerning whether religious agencies that voluntarily enter into government contracts prohibiting discrimination and collect taxpayer money can then violate those contracts by turning away people who are LGBTQ, Catholic, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim or members of other groups. The outcome of the case could have broad implications on the application of nondiscrimination laws and government policies around the country.
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.