Conservatives Urge Congress to Take Action on the Equality Act

February 28, 2022 • 3:22 pm

Feb. 28, 2022 – Having recently recognized the one-year anniversary of the Equality Act’s bipartisan passage in the U.S. House, members of the Conservatives Against Discrimination Leadership Council today urged members of the U.S. Senate to take action on the bill, which updates federal law to include express and enduring nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in key areas of life including employment, housing, education, and public spaces.

“The United States continues to remain the greatest country in the world because of our long and proud history of freedom, economic prosperity and giving everyone a chance at the American dream. The Equality Act ensures that all Americans, no matter their zip code, can live their lives free from discrimination. One year after the U.S. House approved the Equality Act in a bipartisan victory, federal legislators on both sides of the aisle must work together to make this bill become a reality,” said Ohio State Rep. Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville).

“Across the country, employers of all sizes agree that the current patchwork of nondiscrimination laws is unsustainable, and bad for business. The Equality Act is a pro-worker and pro-business measure that’s garnered the support of powerful conservative business entities and trade associations working to help restart America’s economy,” said Leadership Council Co-Chair and Former GOP Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “I’m hopeful that the United States Senate will take action to advance a bill that provides clear and consistent protections that prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. These much-needed protections are urgently needed for LGBTQ workers and their families.”

“As a commonsense conservative, I strongly believe that all Americans deserve the same level of freedom, dignity and respect. Ending widespread discrimination against LGBTQ Americans is an action that conservatives can, and should, support,” said Former GOP Congressman Steve Gunderson (WI-3). “Americans from all walks of life back federal nondiscrimination protections, including faith leaders and majorities across all religious groups. I encourage my former colleagues to use this unique opportunity and the groundswell of support to swiftly pass this pro-family legislation that will put an end to the current patchwork of protections we see across the U.S.”

“Nondiscrimination protections are urgently needed for LGBTQ Americans, who today can still be denied basic opportunities in 29 states. The Equality Act codifies into law the values conservatives like myself hold dear: fairness, individual rights and economic prosperity for all,” said Former Texas State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-134). “America is long overdue for a streamlined, national law that will put an end to the current patchwork of protections we see across the U.S. The time is now for members of Congress to find a path forward for the Equality Act and send it to the president’s desk for his signature.”

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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.

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