Deutch Votes to Pass Landmark LGBTQ Equality Act
This morning, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) voted to pass a landmark bill to extend civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.
The Equality Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes and prohibits discrimination in employment, public education, housing, and other areas.
"No one should face discrimination because of who they love or how they identify," said Congressman Deutch, a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. "Homophobia and transphobia are inconsistent with our core American value of equality for all. Our LGBTQ family members and friends should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. I'm so proud to have cast my vote for this historic milestone toward ending discrimination against LGBTQ Americans and achieving full equality for all."
“Every day, between 1,000 and 2,000 people set foot on our campus,” said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center at Equality Park. “Too many have faced discrimination because they are LGBTQ. Many Americans are at risk of being fired, denied housing or turned away from a business because of who they are or who they love. The Equality Act provides desperately needed protections for LGBTQ individuals nationwide to ensure that our citizens are free to live authentically. We work daily at The Pride Center to provide a welcoming, safe, inclusive home to our friends and neighbors. These South Floridians—like all LGBTQ Americans nationwide—deserve equality, freedom and protection against discrimination.”
Click here to view Congressman Deutch's video on the Equality Act.