WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on today’s introduction of the Equality Act, which would provide nationwide protections in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations for the LGBT community:
“Civil rights can only be measured by a single yardstick and our nation’s blunt denial of basic protections to LGBT Americans – in housing, credit, education, employment, and public accommodations – can no longer be tolerated.
The LGBT community has gotten only piecemeal solutions to their second-class citizenship— like marriage equality, coverage under hate crimes legislation, and open participation in military service – and we stand united in agreement that the time for comprehensive federal LGBT civil rights protections is now.
The Equality Act presents an opportunity to codify these protections into law nationwide and we look forward to working toward passage of this bill or similar legislation that helps to realize the promise of non-discrimination and dignity for LGBT Americans.”
Wade Henderson is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.