How The Equality Act Would Improve Civil Rights Protections For Everybody

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, no federal law explicitly protects LGBT people from discrimination. Thursday marks the introduction of The Equality Act, a comprehensive bill that would, if passed, add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the protections that already exist based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. But it also would do more than that.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is an...

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