WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination:

“Today, the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity or sexual orientation is prohibited under federal civil rights law. This is a historic victory in the fight for equality for LGBTQ people in our country.

“While this ruling reinforces areas of the law where Congress has already prohibited discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, there are still areas that lack these protections. Last year, the House passed the Equality Act, which would address significant gaps in federal civil rights laws and further improve protections for everyone. It is overdue for the Senate to take up this legislation.

“Although historic, this ruling is only one step in the fight to eliminate the barriers to equality and opportunity for everyone. I remain committed to working to enact policies ensuring equality for LGBTQ people and their families.”