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Pallone Applauds Passage of Equality Act

May 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The passage of the Equality Act is a significant milestone for civil rights,” Congressman Pallone said. “It’s unacceptable that someone has the right to marry the person they love one day and can be fired the next day because of who they love or what gender they identify as. As a longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality, it is an honor to vote for this legislation to rid our country of this terrible discrimination.”

The Equality Act amends Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds. Only 21 states have explicit laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Only 20 states have protections for gender identity.