Senator Mark Kirk is First Republican Senator to Sponsor Equality Act

By Adam Polaski • January 20, 2016 • 11:10 am

Yesterday, January 19, United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) became the first Republican Senate co-sponsor of the Equality Act, a federal bill that would establish comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans.


Senator Kirk told BuzzFeed News:

“Discrimination on the basis of being gay is against the law in Illinois and should be against the law nationwide.”– Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Senator Kirk’s support comes just a few days after co-sponsorship from United States Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), the first Republican member of the House of Representatives to sign on to the Equality Act.

Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:

“Senator Kirk and Rep. Dold have shown us that nondiscrimination isn’t just a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, but it is an American issue.  The vast majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents all agree that discrimination is not an American value. That’s why we are seeing conservative leaders across the nation fighting to ensure that every American, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are protected from discrimination.”– Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe

Freedom for All Americans thanks Sen. Kirk and Rep. Dold for their support, which is consistent with the majority of conservatives in the country who already are strong supporters of LGBT non-discrimination laws.

Protecting all LGBT Americans under federal law through comprehensive non-discrimination is essential to moving the country forward and extending full protections to all LGBT Americans. Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working on all levels – from statewide action to national public education work to municipal mobilization – to move non-discrimination forward and continue building momentum for national action.

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