Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill That Would Bring Full Civil Rights Protections to LGBTQ Community

March 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and more.

“American citizens should not be denied housing, employment, or equal treatment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria said. “It’s long overdue that we pass critically important legislation that would provide bedrock federal protections for LGBTQ people. I’m proud to support the bipartisan Equality Act so we can further bring our civil rights laws up to speed.”

The chief sponsors of the bipartisan House legislation are U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights law — including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Jury Selection and Services Act, and several laws regarding employment with the federal government — to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The legislation also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination in public spaces and services and federally funded programs on the basis of sex.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.