House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, alongside the Democratically controlled House of Representatives identified the Equality Act as a bipartisan act that she will seek to pass in the upcoming Congress, according to Washington Blade.
She said that by passing the Equality Act, America would be fairer as it would decrease discrimination against LGBTQ people. However, the bill has only a small amount of bipartisan support and the two House Republicans who co-sponsored the bill – Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Scott Taylor of Virginia – are no longer serving.
Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi, said, “The bill has and will continue to have bipartisan support.”
While the Republicans who were in favor of the bill are no longer serving in the House of Representatives, hope is not lost. Pelosi recalls a time in which a divided government accomplished legislative achievements – namely the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act that was passed under former president George H.W. Bush.
The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, praised Pelosi for her vowing to get this bill passed. He commented that this is the time for the bill to get passed because he recognizes that many LGBTQ people face unfair treatment and discrimination every day with only nominal protections in place across the country. He thanked Pelosi for her dedication to the Equality Act, as if it gets passed, full LGBTQ equality will become a reality.
Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of GLAAD, thankful that "fair-minded, pro-equality lawmakers have returned to the majority in the U.S. House" and is hopeful that they will get to work to help marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ people.
Pelosi's dedication to this is refreshing as the Trump administration continues to roll back protections for LGBTQ Americans. Love her or hate her, Pelosi is on the right track.
h/t: Washington Blade