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House LGBT Caucus Denounces NDAA Anti-LGBT Provision

Sep 26, 2016
Press Release

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

Date: May 18, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

House LGBT Caucus Denounces NDAA Anti-LGBT Provision

Washington, DC – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus today denounced the anti-LGBT provision passed as part of the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act.  Section 1094 of NDAA dramatically undermines the President’s landmark Executive Order prohibiting LGBT employment discrimination by federal contractors.

“The anti-gay provision in NDAA is not about supporting our troops, defeating ISIS, or protecting religious liberty – it’s about bigotry, plain and simple,” said LGBT Equality Caucus CoChair Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “We had an opportunity to remove this anti-LGBT language and in doing so, strike a blow for equality, but unfortunately many of our colleagues chose to strip LGBT Americans of basic workplace protections, saying it is once again legal for our LGBT brothers and sisters to be fired because of who they are, and who they love – this is wrong.  I am incredibly disappointed in many of my colleagues refusal to take a stand against discrimination and strike the hate.”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 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.