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The fight for gay equality isn’t over

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"Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have achieved marriage equality but still face discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Pass the Equality Act and extend all civil rights protections to all Americans."

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    The fight for gay equality isn’t over

    In June, the Supreme Court made the freedom to marry the law of the land. But despite the fact that gay and lesbian people can now marry in all 50 states, the fight for equality is far from over.

    In many states, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their apartments, or denied services — simply for being gay.

    Last week, Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative David Cicilline introduced a bill to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The comprehensive Equality Act would protect LGBT people from discrimination in education, employment, housing, credit, and federal jury service.1

    Tell Congress: It’s time for LGBT people to have full civil rights. Pass the Equality Act now.

    Merkley and his co-sponsors in the House and the Senate are hoping to build on the momentum from the marriage equality decision to ensure full equality for LGBT people. Republicans responded to the marriage equality decision in a dramatically different way. They introduced the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people.2

    A majority of Americans support equal protection under the law for gay Americans, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans from attacking gay rights. This is a moment to build momentum for the passage of the Equality Act, and show all anti-gay politicians that standing in the way of equality and freedom is standing on the wrong side of history.

    Tell Congress: Pass the Equality Act and extend all civil rights protections to all Americans.

    Thanks for everything you do to stand up for equality.

    References

    1. Forget SCOTUS: The Next Fight Over Gay Rights Will Be in Congress, “ Gabrielle Levy, US News and World Report, 7/23/2015.
    2. Immoral Convictions,” Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, 7/23/2015.
    3. Forget SCOTUS: The Next Fight Over Gay Rights Will Be in Congress, “ Gabrielle Levy, US News and World Report, 7/23/2015.