Americans United is proud to support the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ rights and religious freedom for all.
This landmark civil rights legislation would explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity while making it clear that religious freedom cannot be misused to justify discrimination.
Refute myths about the Equality Act and religious freedom – A common but misguided attack on the Equality Act is that it undermines religious freedom. Read our short FAQ document for some responses to these false claims.
Watch this short video from AU President and CEO Rachel Laser to learn more:
The Religious Right is aggressively pushing an agenda to redefine “religious freedom” as a license to discriminate, and LGBTQ rights have been on the front line of this regressive political agenda.
We need the Equality Act now – It would provide clear, consistent protections across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service. It also ensures that religious freedom is not misused to create loopholes to undermine these protections.
May 17, 2019: Americans United lauded the U.S. House for passing the Equality Act in a 236-173 bipartisan vote, and urged the Senate to take swift action to do the same. Read AU's statement here.
The Equality Act is a critically needed check on the Religious Right’s weaponization of ‘religious freedom’ as a license to discriminate. Time and again the safety and security of the LGBTQ community is threatened by the Religious Right’s desire to move our country backwards.
~ Rachel Laser
May 8, 2019: Americans United President and CEO Rachel Laser announced AU's support for the Equality Act and urged Congress to pass it swiftly. Read AU's statement here and watch a video of Rachel here.
March 13, 2019: The Equality Act (H.R. 5/S. 788) was introduced by U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and a record 239 co-sponsors in the House and by U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Senate.