Conservative Coalition Applauds Bipartisan Support for Federal LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Laws

By Lola Olateju • February 26, 2021 • 3:26 pm

Conservative support for federal nondiscrimination protections continues to rise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal law that would provide common sense protections for LGBTQ Americans across all areas of daily life. The bill, also introduced in the Senate, is likely to be heard for the first time this year in the upper chamber. 

On Friday, the Fairness for All Act, a second bill seeking to provide nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people, was introduced in the House. It is cosponsored by 21 Republicans.

“The bipartisan House passage of the Equality Act is an important milestone in the effort to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination,” said Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Florida congresswoman and co-chair of the Conservatives Against Discrimination coalition. “The introduction of multiple bills from voices on both sides of the aisle to prohibit anti-LGBTQ discrimination makes one thing clear: Americans and lawmakers from across the political spectrum support updating our federal laws to protect LGBTQ Americans.” 

Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) voted for the Equality Act in the House. 

“A record number of Congress members are ready to end discrimination against LGBTQ people,” said Trey Grayson, former Kentucky Secretary of State and co-chair of Conservatives Against Discrimination. Everyone should have a fair chance to provide a home for their families and access essential services, be free to go into a store, check in to a hotel, eat a meal at a restaurant, apply for a job, and rent or own a home, without fear of harassment or discrimination.” 

Momentum for LGBTQ equality is at a record-high. More than eight in 10 Americans favor a federal LGBTQ nondiscrimination law, including 68 percent of Republicans. These pieces of legislation are yet another sign that America is ready for Congress to pass clear, comprehensive, and secure nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in all 50 states. 

“It is a good thing for our nation that so many Republican members of Congress are on the record acknowledging discrimination against LGBTQ people and committing to find a solution,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “As the bill moves to the Senate, we urge Republicans and Democrats to come together to solve the real and urgent problem of discrimination facing LGBTQ Americans.”

Conservatives Against Discrimination is a coalition of conservative Americans who believe lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people should be protected from discrimination. This coalition provides resources and opportunities for conservatives from all walks of life who support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws.

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