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Despite achieving nationwide marriage equality, LGBTQ people and their families continue to lack basic legal protections against discrimination in a majority of states.

The Equality Act is a federal bill that would amend existing civil rights and nondiscrimination laws to prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual
orientation, gender identity and, where not already covered, sex. This bill will provide protections to LGBTQ people and their families in a wide variety of contexts, including the workplace, housing, access to public accommodations, access to credit, education, access to adoption and foster care services, and more.

The Equality Act was reintroduced in May 2017. Read Family Equality Council’s Equality Act Press Release or download our Equality Act Fact Sheet to learn more about the bill and its impact for LGBTQ families.

Last updated: May 2, 2017

Equality Act Factsheet

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