Equality Act

Democrats Plan to Introduce a (Probably Doomed) Federal LGBT Equality Bill

On Thursday, Senate Democrats plan to introduce the Equality Act, which will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

The bill is being introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). All the co-sponsors are Democrats.

Merkley, quoted in Buzzfeed, said, “The time has come for us as a nation to be bolder and better in ensuring full rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters.”

The Equality Act would amend previously-existing laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, religion and national origin.

The bill also counters “religious freedom” laws that permit anti-LGBTQ discrimination on religious grounds.

But with Democrats a minority in Congress, the bill will need Republican support to pass.

The majority of Americans are pretty accepting of LGBTQ rights, but that doesn’t mean their conservative representatives will follow suit.