WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement after the House voted to pass the Equality Act which would explicitly prohibit discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.

“The Equality Act guarantees that LGBTQ people can live their lives free from the fear of discrimination. LGBTQ people deserve to enjoy and exercise the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans. As an original cosponsor, I’m proud to join my colleagues in passing this important bill in the House today.”

“President Biden pledged to make LGBTQ rights a priority of his first 100 days in office – signing the Equality Act into law would be a huge step in making good on that promise. Dozens of states already provide protections for LGBTQ people and it is time to end the patchwork set of laws that grant people constitutional rights based on their zip code. In more than half the country, a same-sex couple could be married one day and be fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartment the next day.

“No one should face discrimination for the way they look, who they are, or who they love. The Equality Act will amend existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations, and federal funding. It is critical that we remedy these disparities at the federal level by signing the Equality Act into law.”