Equality Act gets support from C

Equality Act to ban LGBTQ discrimination gets support from Colorado’s congressional Democrats

Author: Joey Bunch - May 3, 2017 - Updated: July 31, 2017

Colorado’s Democratic delegation to Washington is unanimously onboard with the likely doomed Equality Act to put a federal ban on discrimination against LGBTQ people.

Thirty states don’t provide those protections. Colorado has since 2008.

The bill has a nearly impossible road to become law with Republicans in charge of the House, Senate and White House, who are bound to prefer the issue is handled by the states.

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Moreover, President Trump is expected sign an executive order this week to extend religious liberty provisions that usually are in conflict with LGBTQ views on equality.

“It’s past time we ensure our laws are entirely free from discrimination and protect all members of the LGBTQ community,” Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet said in a statement. “Fortunately, LGBTQ Coloradans already enjoy many of these protections. This bill will ensure that every American has the same protections and opportunities regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Bennet was one of 46 Democratic Senate co-sponsors.

The federal legislation adds sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race and religion. It bars discrimination in housing, employment, accommodations and loans, while adding more protections against sexual discrimination.

One Colorado, the state’s largest LBGTQ advocacy organization, was elated with the bill and thanked Bennet and Reps. Diana DeGette of Denver, Ed Perlmutter of Arvada and Jared Polis of Boulder, who co-sponsored the House Bill.

“The Equality Act will guarantee that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans have a fair chance to earn a living and provide a home for their families without fear of harassment or discrimination,” One Colorado executive director Daniel Ramos said in a statement.

“No person should ever be fired from their job, bullied in their school, evicted from their home, or turned away from a business simply because of who they are or who they love. LGBTQ people deserve the same opportunities as everyone else to work hard, earn a living, and provide for themselves and their families. We applaud Senator Bennet for joining 240 other members of Congress in support of equality for all.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.

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