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(Washington, D.C.) – The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, H.R.5, today, landmark legislation that would explicitly clarify LGBTQ+ people are covered under federal civil rights laws and strengthen public accommodation laws. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“Today marks a big step forward in the march for equality in our nation. For too long, LGBTQ+ people, particularly those of color, have been the victims of hate crimes and faced discriminatory barriers solely because of their identity. We applaud the House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act to ensure equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and urge the Senate to swiftly pass this bill to ensure all Americans are able to live their lives free from discrimination.” 


The Equality Act would clarify that LGBTQ+ persons are protected under our nation’s civil rights laws.  The bill would also strengthen public accommodations laws, which would allow everyone in the country to engage in public life without the fear of harassment or discrimination.  

Read our endorsement letter here. 

View the bill here.  


About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes.  For more information, please visit