Kuster Votes in Favor of EQUALITY Act
Washington, DC, May 17, 2019
Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which passed the House. The bipartisan legislation, which Kuster is a cosponsor of, will help ensure LGBTQ Americans receive the full protections of federal civil rights laws. The bill extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans in the areas of employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.
“No American should be denied housing, a job, education, or the opportunity to apply for federal funding because of who they are or who they love,” said Kuster. “This legislation will help ensure LGBTQ Americans have access to basic human rights regardless of where they live, work or go to school. I’m pleased the House passed this commonsense measure and I will continue fighting for equal rights and justice for all.”
Although substantial legal progress has been made over the past several years for the LGBTQ community, including marriage equality, 50 percent of LGBTQ Americans live in states without protections against discrimination in other areas of daily life. 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. Specifically, H.R. 5 amends:
Congresswoman Kuster has long advocated in favor of equal rights for every American. In March, she voted in favor of H. Res 124, a bipartisan resolution she cosponsored that opposes President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals openly serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill, which passed the House, urges the Department of Defense to not reinstate the ban and instead maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve in the military.