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posted Friday, April 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 18
Washington's Democratic House members call for hearing on Equality Act
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Washington's Democratic House members call for hearing on Equality Act

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's six Democratic House members have called for a hearing on the Equality Act.

Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, Rick Larsen, Jim McDermott, and Adam Smith all signed on to a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), calling on him to hold hearings on the bill.

The Equality Act (HR 3185) would write protections for the country's LGBT residents into federal civil rights laws.

In addition to all of Washington's Democratic House members, some 100 other members signed the letter, including civil rights icon John Lewis and Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

'While many states have adopted numerous LGBT civil rights laws, there is currently no uniform federal standard that protects all LGBT Americans from discrimination,' the letter notes.

'The current patchwork of LGBT state laws has not only created an enormous amount of confusion and uncertainty but it has impacted the safety and lives of LGBT Americans. Under the current system, LGBT Americans are forced to choose where to live and work based on the legal protections available in a particular jurisdiction.

'The Equality Act amends existing federal statutes to provide explicit, consistent protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service, and public accommodations. By amending existing code, we extend the exact same protections to LGBT people, no more and no less, that exist for the protected classes of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.'

The Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the previous attempt at federal legislation protecting LGBT Americans, only dealt with workplace issues. In its earliest versions, it lacked protections for Transgender people and it also included a broad exemption for faith-based employers like church-owned hospitals and schools.

The Equality Act is intended to provide comprehensive protection for sexual orientation and gender identity.

A version of ENDA that excluded Trans people passed the U.S. House in 2007, but it did not get a vote in the Senate. A Trans-inclusive version passed the Senate in 2013, but Republican House leaders prevented it from even getting a hearing in that chamber.

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