WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today became an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bill to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment, and other core areas of American society. The Equality Act, which was introduced by Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) in the House and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in the Senate, will amend several civil rights laws to ensure that LGBT Americans receive equal treatment in all areas of American life like other Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“The progress our country is making on LGBT equality reflects today’s American majority that has learned from our painful history that separating out any group of Americans for discrimination should never be tolerated,” Norton said. “The recent historic Supreme Court marriage equality victory, ironically, exposed to full view the discrimination the LGBT community faces when people whose sexual orientation is different from the majority seek, for example, ordinary public services, a rental unit, or a job. The District of Columbia and 14 other states have taken the steps in this bill to protect their LGBT residents. The success of the leadership of D.C. and the states demonstrates that it is time for Congress to catch up with American values and quickly pass the Equality Act. I am proud to join the Democrats who are original cosponsors of this historic legislation.”