Conservatives Respond to Equality Act Senate Hearing

By Communications Team • March 17, 2021 • 2:23 pm

Conservative voices set the record straight on bipartisan support for
LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections

March 17, 2021 — After the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s historic hearing on the Equality Act, conservatives from Florida to Wisconsin are sharing their support for federal protections for LGBTQ Americans. Read below to see why Republicans back the urgent need for federal action in support of nondiscrimination protections.

Carlos Curbelo, United States Representative, Florida, 26th District, 2015-2019: “Safeguarding religious freedom is not at odds with protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in their daily lives. Religious freedom is fundamental to our nation’s promise of freedom and fairness for all. That’s why it’s protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and that will never change. Together, we can work to strike a balance that preserves the sanctity of religious liberty while also protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination.”

Nancy G. Brinker, former U.S Ambassador to Hungary: “Discrimination against the LGBTQ community is a real, urgent and growing problem. I’m pleased that the Equality Act has received support from Republican leaders in the past and that this important legislation is now advancing in the U.S. Senate. In the weeks ahead, it will be critical for elected leaders of both parties to come together and show the nation what true bipartisan leadership looks like. Now is the time for consensus building in support of a bill that respects religious freedom while also providing commonsense nondiscrimination protections for many of the most vulnerable in society. These two goals are not mutually exclusive. They are in fact worthwhile endeavors that will create a more perfect and welcoming nation. Further delay is not an option for the 13 million LGBTQ Americans who reside in every state across the country.”

Steve Gunderson, United States Representative, Wisconsin, 3rd District, 1981-1997: “Republicans and conservatives across the nation and in the halls of Congress are acknowledging discrimination against gay and transgender Americans and calling for a solution. It’s time for us all to come together to prioritize a federal law to protect LGBTQ Americans in all areas of daily life. As more and more have come to know gay and transgender people as family members or friends, they seek equal protection for all.”

Sarah Davis, Member of the Texas House of Representatives, 134th District, 2011-2021: “LGBTQ people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. They work hard, serve in the military, and pay taxes. When it comes to employment, housing, business and government services, they should be treated like everyone else, with dignity and respect. That’s why I support federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.”

Holly Raschein, Member of the Florida House of Representatives, 120th District, 2012-2020: “Across the political spectrum, Americans agree that our nation is at its best when all people are free to work hard and prosper. Everyone should 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. Passing federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people is common sense.”

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