On May 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend protections to those in the LGBTQ community. A key component of the Equality Act would allow for the protection of LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in housing and public accommodations.
While this legislation has been introduced in many previous sessions, Friday’s vote stands as the first time such legislation has been approved by either body of the legislative branch. The bill now moves on to the Senate where it has been cosponsored by both Virginia United States Senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. We urge you to extend your thanks to the Virginia members of the House for their support of the Equality Act, and to thank both Virginia Senators for their support of fairness and equality in housing.