House Passes Equality Act To Protect LGBTQ People From Discrimination, Senate Must Follow

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WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act (224-206), moving the bill forward to the Senate:

“By passing the Equality Act, the U.S. House of Representatives just sent a clear and unwavering message that discrimination against LGBTQ people has no place in public life. This crucially important legislation would strengthen existing civil rights protections while providing consistent and explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas. LGBTQ people deserve to be able to go to work, live their lives, and raise their families free from discrimination, and we urge the Senate to take swift action and pass this legislation.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter urging Congress to pass the Equality Act (H.R. 5) here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 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 220-plus member organizations, visit