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Rep. Adams Statement on the Introduction of H.R. 5, the Equality Act

Mar 13, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) issued the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 5, the Equality Act. The bill amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination.

“Equal treatment under the law is a core American value. Yet, in 2019, only 21 states have laws preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. This means that millions of LGBTQ Americans face discrimination in employment, education, housing, and other areas. Everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law, regardless of their sexual orientation or the state they live in. North Carolina alone is home to 320,000 LGBTQ adults. Yet despite these numbers, the state ranks among the lowest in the nation for LGBTQ equality. This is why I am a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 5, the Equality Act. The Equality Act amends existing laws to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. I stand with my colleagues in support of this bipartisan bill and look forward to voting for it when it reaches the House floor.”