In an unnecessarily long and drawn-out fight over basic equality and legal protections, the United States House of Representatives finally voted for and passed the Equality Act. It is an update of the landmark 60’s era Civil Rights Act, extending anti-discrimination protections to our LGBTQ community from coast to coast, replacing the patchwork of rules and regulations that currently exists. Keep reading to learn what the Equality Act means to you and what comes next!
The Equality Act and You
The Equality Act amends current federal civil rights law to ensure protections for LGBTQ Americans in many public areas, including employment, education, housing, and credit. This is critical as we are fighting a mounting battle for our trans brothers and sisters as they are continually discriminated against in both public and private avenues.
Religious bigots know they can’t use the same hateful language for minorities because they are called racist. Religious bigots know they can’t shame our gay and lesbian community any longer because society has finally moved to the point where they are labelled homophobic and their viewpoint is disregarded. Our trans community, however, is still targeted by small-minded “people” who hate an entire category of people whom they know nothing about, and aren’t even interested to learn. This is our next battlefield, and we will be triumphant!
Now The Senate Must Pass the Equality Act
Now it’s on to the senate, where good legislation goes to die. Atleast, that was the case during McConnell’s reign of terror. Now we will see if Schumer is up to the task of bringing this critical piece of legislation across the finish line. Call a vote and let America know where these senators stand when it comes to equality!
This will likely be one of the first stress-tests of Filibuster Reform. All it takes is a single religious bigot to submit a slip of paper and the Senate will be unable to even vote on the measure. You can bet that there are more than enough reactionaries embedded in the Senate, so this will be a test of Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and our Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. If they are unwilling to remove the filibuster for civil rights legislation (historically, the filibuster was primarily used specifically for the purpose of thwarting civil rights legislation), then we must remove them from office. Equality is a line in the sand, you stand on one side or the other, and it’s about time to choose your side.