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Congressman André Carson Statement on Passage of the Equality Act

May 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman André Carson issued the statement below following the House of Representatives’ passage of the Equality Act. This legislation extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.

“Today, Congress made historic progress in the ongoing struggle to achieve liberty and justice for all Americans. The Equality Act is a major step in securing fundamental rights and protections that LGBTQ people need and deserve. As a longtime member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, I am proud to cosponsor this bill and even prouder to vote for it today.

“In a majority of states, members of this community don’t have these explicit protections, meaning they can legally be fired from their job, denied housing, and face a number of other injustices simply because of who they are or who they love. That’s unfair and un-American, plain and simple. The Equality Act helps right this wrong, while also respecting religious exemption laws already on the books.

“The advancement made today is cause for celebration, but we must keep working to make this bill law, which now heads to the Senate. The movement to protect civil rights for Hoosiers and all Americans continues, and I’m honored to help lead that effort.”