Last May, the House of Representatives passed The Equality Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of the sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition of an individual, as well as because of sex-based stereotypes.” This is a massive leap toward establishing equal rights to the LGBTQ community.
However, it has yet to reach a vote. Largely because the Senate Republicans led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have decided to not vote on bills passed by the House of Representatives. McConnell himself has pledged to be the “Grim Reaper” killing the progressive bills passed by the House.
A lot of proposed bills are indeed radical. Bills that have been denied a Senate vote include the Climate Action Now Act, which would keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement, the Raise the Wage Act, which would force employers to pay their employees $15 an hour by 2025, and the For the People Act, which was such a government power grab that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was against it.
One bill which has been ignored is the Equality Act, which I believe deserves a vote. It is time for the country to progress to the point where discrimation against someone for their sexual orientation is illegal. As of this writing, 15 states have no laws that prohibit discrimination against someone’s sexual orientation according to the Human Rights Campaign.