Rep. John Lewis on Equality Act
Today, the House voted on the Equality Act (H.R.5), a long awaited bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity. The mandating non-discrimination has been a decades long struggle for the LGBTQ community which has finally culminated in this legislative opportunity. Though the bill is not likely to pass in the Senate, getting a bill to the House floor is a major achievement. Legislative progress is often made incrementally and not all at once. The bill passed the House today on party lines.
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend from New York for yielding. [Rep.] David [Cicilline], my friend and my brother, thank you for your leadership.
Today is May 17. On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision. I remember that decision! I was 17 years old. I thought I would be attending desegregated schools. It never happened for me!
Today, on this day, we have an opportunity to send a message now to help end discrimination in our country and set all of our people free.
I yield back.