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House Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Thank the White House for Endorsement of HR 3185, the Equality Act

Nov 10, 2015
Press Release


1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: November 10, 2015         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

House Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Thank the White House for Endorsement of HR 3185, the Equality Act

WASHINGTON – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus issued the following statement today thanking the White House for endorsing HR 3185, the Equality Act:

“From their leadership dismantling Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to their public support for marriage equality, President Obama and Vice President Biden have long been champions for the LGBT community,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Executive Director Roddy Flynn.  “The White House’s support of the Equality Act is critical to its passage.  The Equality Act, introduced by Equality Caucus Co-Chair David Cicilline (RI-1), is an historic piece of civil rights legislation, and the principle at its core could not be simpler: discrimination is wrong, no matter what form it takes, whom it targets, or where it occurs.

“The current patchwork of state laws leaves far too many people vulnerable to discrimination.  A person’s fundamental human rights should not disappear when they cross state lines or move to a different city.  The Equality Act will protect all LGBT Americans in all areas of their lives:  the workplace, schools, housing, access to credit, access to justice, and public accommodations.  These federal protections are indispensable to LGBT people having an equal opportunity to achieve the American dream.

“The Co-Chairs of the Equality Caucus want to thank the White House for recognizing that we cannot wait one more day for LGBT Americans to have the same basic protections all Americans enjoy.”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-226-7572 or with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.