Allred Votes to Protect LBGTQ Persons From Discrimination as House Passes Bipartisan Equality Act

May 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32), today voted for the Equality Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support. Allred is a cosponsor of the bill which ensures that civil rights protections for LGBTQ persons are enshrined in federal law.  

“Every LGBTQ American deserves to have protection under federal civil rights laws against discrimination,” said Allred. “The bipartisan Equality Act takes a huge step forward to ensure that no matter who you are, who you love or who you marry, everyone gets equal protection under federal law.”

The bill is backed by a broad coalition that includes the Human Rights Campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and the NAACP in addition to 160 corporations, 152 community centers and 74 LGTBQ groups and organizations.

Background on the Equality Act:

Despite significant legal advances over the past several years – including marriage equality, LGBTQ Americans remain vulnerable to discrimination on a daily basis and too often have little recourse. Fifty percent of the national LGBTQ community live in states, including Texas, that though they have the right to marry, they have no explicit non-discrimination protections in other areas of daily life.

The Equality Act amends existing federal civil rights laws 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. It does so by adding sex in some places where it had not previously been protected, and clarifying that sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

Only 21 states have explicit laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations, and only 20 states have such protections for gender identity. In most states, a same-sex couple can get married one day and be legally denied service at a restaurant, be fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartment the next.

Read more about the bill in the Dallas Voice: