Rep. Axne Applauds House Passage of the Bipartisan Equality Act

May 17, 2019
Press Release
Legislation ensures all LGBTQ Americans are granted full protections guaranteed by federal law

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass H.R. 5, the bipartisan Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law.  The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.

“This bill will help move our nation closer to fulfilling the promise of equality, opportunity and justice for all,” said Rep. Axne. “I will continue to fight in Washington to make sure that we end discrimination against our LGBTQ community.”    

The Equality Act amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds. It does so by adding sex in some places where it had not previously been protected, and clarifying that sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity. H.R. 5 amends:

  • Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide basic protections against discrimination in public accommodations by adding sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide basic protections against discrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance by adding sex, including sexual orientation, and gender identity;
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991, and the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to make explicit protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • The Fair Housing Act to make protections against housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity explicit;
  • The Equal Credit Opportunity Act to make protections against credit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity explicit; and
  • The Jury Selections and Services Act to make protections against discrimination in federal jury service based on sexual orientation or gender identity explicit.