Delgado Applauds House Passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), an original cosponsor of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, applauded House passage of the legislation which ensures LGBTQ Americans are guaranteed full protections under federal civil rights laws.
“This is the 21st century, and it is shameful that in the United States the LGBTQ community can still suffer from legal discrimination in a host of areas, including housing, employment, education, jury service, finance, and military service. No group of Americans should be denied equal treatment under the law.” Delgado continued, “I was proud to join my colleagues today in voting to right this wrong and ensure LGBTQ Americans and their families are afforded equal protections under the law. I encourage the Senate to take up this overdue legislation as soon as possible.”
The Equality Act amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds. It does so by adding sex in some places where it had not previously been protected, and clarifying that sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Rep. Delgado is an original co-sponsor of H.R.5, and joined his colleagues at a press conference to introduce the Equality Act in March.