Freedom for All Americans Statement on Equality Act Introduction in U.S. SenateFebruary 23, 2021 • 6:22 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today lawmakers in the U.S. Senate introduced the Equality Act to update federal law to include explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. The introduction in the Senate follows the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide, released the following statement in response to the news:
“The introduction of the Equality Act is our nation’s opportunity to ensure long-sought nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans in all areas of life. LGBTQ advocates have long sought to secure freedom and fairness under the law since the first federal nondiscrimination measure was introduced in Congress in 1974, and there is now support from leadership in both chambers of Congress and in the White House to achieve that goal. The Equality Act will make clear that LGBTQ people must be treated with dignity and respect, and it will bring our country closer to an America that truly ensures liberty and justice for all.”
The Equality Act passed in a historic bipartisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019, but failed to advance in the Senate. In addition to providing LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, the Equality Act will also provide protections from discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion that are additional to those already afforded under federal law.
The urgency and momentum for LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections over recent years is undeniable. According to a 2020 study, one in three LGBTQ Americans faced discrimination in the previous year, including three in five transgender Americans.
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.
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.