Hastings Helps Lead Effort to Implement Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement expressing his support as an original co-sponsor of The Equality Act, legislation that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment, and other critically important areas of daily life:
“I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of legislation introduced today by Representative David Cicilline (D-RI), that seeks to end discrimination against LGBT Americans. While the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was indeed a monumental step forward in the battle for basic human rights for all individuals, discrimination against LGBT individuals remains legal in most states.
“Across our nation, LGBT Americans are faced with the possibility of losing their job, being forced out of their home, denied a loan, or refused services simply because they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. This prejudice is unacceptable and has no place in democratic society.
“The Equality Act, supported by over 140 Members of Congress, will ensure that all LGBT Americans are afforded the most basic of human rights no matter where they live, work, or go to school.
“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have been a proud leader in the fight to uphold and strengthen the rights of LGBT individuals. It is our responsibility to ensure that our laws protect the rights of all of our citizens, regardless of who they love. This legislation will bring us one step closer to achieving this important goal.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.