After marriage equality became the law of the land The Equality Act of 2015 was presented to the United States House of Representatives & the Senate that if passed would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity & sex in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations but nothing ever happened. Well the California Legislature has passed a resolution AJR 45 calling for the Federal Equality Act that urges Congress to pass the updates to 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect LGBT Americans.
Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California stated, "When more than 200 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation have been introduced in state legislatures in the past year across the nation, AJR 45 puts the state of California in support of strong federal LGBT protections. LGBT people in a majority of states can be fired from their jobs, turned away by doctors when they need care, or evicted from their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity & they have little or no recourse. It is time to pass the federal Equality Act to make sure that all LGBT Americans are protected equally & that LGBT Californians don't leave their rights at the border when they leave our state."
With a growing number of states passing or are considering enacting so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts or similar legislation to justify discrimination against our LGBT community. The Equality Act would maintain exemptions for religious organizations & schools, but would make clear that religion cannot be used to justify refusal of service based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Let’s get this done.
(Symbol by Richard Emmanuel )
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