The Equality Act is proposed federal legislation that would establish non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans in key areas including employment, housing, education, and public spaces.
What Can We Do?
Our senators needs to hear from us that we want the Equality Act passed and sent to President Biden who has promised to sign it.
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What is the Equality Act?
The Equality Act is a bill in the United States Congress. If passed, it would update the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. Passage of the Equality Act would provide LGBTQ people nationwide with protection against discrimination.
Why is it important for Jewish communities to support the Equality Act?
Given the role of many faith communities in opposing LGBTQ rights, Congress needs to hear from Jews and other pro-equality people of faith that we support the passage of the Equality Act. It is critical that we speak out – not despite our religious tradition, but because of our ethical mandate to fight for human dignity and justice.
Why is the Equality Act Not Already a Law?
The bill passed the United States House of Representatives in 2019, but the then Republican-controlled Senate did not vote on it. This year, February 25, 2021, the House passed the bill (224 voting “yes” to 206 “no” votes). Next, it will go to the Senate where the Democrats currently have a slim majority (thanks to the tie-breaking vote of the Vice President). However, a filibuster proof majority of Senators – 60 – must vote to approve the legislation.
How can we help?
Contact your state’s two senators and urge them to bring the Equality Act up for a vote in the Senate. President Biden has pledged to sign the Equality Act after it is passed by Congress – which his administration encourages legislators to quickly do. Public support for LGBTQ equality is clear: 83% of Americans across the political spectrum favor laws that would protect LGBTQ people against discrimination (American Values Survey, 2020).
Is there more we can do than send emails and postcards?
Yes! You can share on social media about the campaign, host a postcard writing Zoom gathering with friends and family, partner with Keshet for an Equality Act 101 session, and more. If you’re interested in partnering in any of these ways, please email our Director of Community Mobilization, Jon Cohen, at [email protected]