President Biden issued a statement last week in support of the Equality Act, and urged Congress “to quickly pass this historic legislation.”
The Equality Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives last Thursday, and which is scheduled for a vote this week, would offer legislative protection from discrimination for LGBTQ+ people. In his statement, Biden praised the Congressional Equality Caucus for introducing the act, which he said is a crucial step forward for America.
“Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long,” the President said. “The Equality Act provides long overdue federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, locking in critical safeguards in our housing, education, public services, and lending systems — and codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law.”
In the statement, Biden also referred to the executive order he signed on his first day in office, which authorized the executive branch agencies to implement the Supreme Court’s Bostock ruling and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which would extend anti-discriminatory protections to the LGBTQ+.
“Now it’s time for Congress to secure these protections once and for all by passing the Equality Act — because no one should ever face discrimination or live in fear because of who they are or whom they love,” he said.