Nancy Pelosi promises to pass the Equality Act


Nancy Pelosi has vowed to pass the Equality Act law, banning anti-LGBT discrimination across the US, in her first speech after being elected as speaker of the House of Representatives. She vowed that America would become a fair country where discrimination could not be allowed in any shape. The first step on this long way is going to be passing the act which forbids to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality and gender identity. There are currently no federal-level protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the US, so it is technically legal to fire LGBT people, and if they are abuse at work, they are not protected by the law. The Equality Act bill faces a smooth path in the House, where the Democrats have a majority, but may struggle to get through the Republican-controlled Senate. Republican lawmakers have blocked both the Equality Act and its predecessor, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), since the bill was first put forward in 1994, and its two Republican co-sponsors in the House have left Congress.


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