Payne, Cicilline, Members of Congress Introduce LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today joined Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), along with more than 190 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, to introduce the Equality Act of 2017, which extends the protections of federal civil rights laws to LGBT Americans.

“As Americans, we believe that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect while also being guaranteed equal treatment under the law,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “For too long, however, LGBT Americans have been denied the right to live free from discrimination. The Equality Act is needed to help bring that discrimination to an end.”

Despite significant advances for LGBT Americans, including nationwide marriage equality, many states have no explicit LGBT non-discrimination protections.

The Equality Act ensures full federal non-discrimination equality by amending 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.

Click here for a pdf of the legislation.