LGBT Equality Act re-introduced in Congress

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Democrats are reintroducing a federal bill to outlaw discrimination against LGBT people, but the Republicans still consider anti-discriminatory measures for sexual minorities on the federal level to be unnecessary, even if in dozens of states people are still discriminated and limited in rights for being LGBT. The Democrats have repeatedly tried to add LGBT rights protections to existing anti-discrimination civil rights laws, but Republicans in Congress have blocked both the Equality Act and its predecessor, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Democrats insist, Republicans oppose. The battle goes on. Speaking to Buzzfeed, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) said: “It’s important for Americans to know whether members of Congress support full equality for our community or whether they support continued discrimination against LGBT Americans.” Senator Jeff Merkley added: “Every member of Congress should have to be counted and show exactly where they stand: either for or against full equality for all Americans. In 2017, any elected leader who wants to use their position to maintain outdated and discriminatory policies should have to stand up and explain why.”

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