Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-13
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



House passes Equality Act
by Matt Simonette

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act 236-173 in a May 17 vote.

The legislation, which is H.R. 5 and was introduced by U.S. Reps. David Cicilline ( D-RI ) and Brian Fitzpatrick ( R-PA ), codifies protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within existing non-discrimination frameworks, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Cicilline first introduced a version of the Equality Act in 2015. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had long promised to introduce the Equality Act this session.

Among the Illinois House delegation, votes were split along party lines, with all Democratic members voting in favor of H.B. 5. Among those affirmative votes was 3rd District Rep. Dan Lipinski, who has frequently opposed pro-LGBT legislation and is facing aggressive opposition from his rival in the last Democratic primary, Marie Newman, who has already made known that she's running again.

Other affirmative votes included U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush ( 1st ), Robin Kelly ( 2nd ), Jesus "Chuy" Garcia ( 4th ), Mike Quigley ( 5th ), Sean Casten ( 6th ), Danny Davis ( 7th ), Raja Krishnamoorthi ( 8th ), Jan Schakowsky ( 9th ), Brad Schneider ( 10th ), Bill Foster ( 11th ), Lauren Underwood ( 14th ) and Cheri Bustos ( 17th ).

Republican "No" votes included U.S Reps. Mike Bost ( 12th ), Rodney Davis ( 13th ), John Shimkus ( 15th ) and Adam Kinzinger (16th). One other Republican, Rep. Darin LaHood ( 18th ), did not vote.

Politicians and advocates praised the House vote, but acknowledged the opposition the Equality Act is expected to face in the Republican-controlled Senate.

"Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, House Democrats passed the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ+ Americans are protected by the same federal civil rights laws that protect their straight and cisgender counterparts," said Quigley in a May 17 statement. " ... I am committed to working with my colleagues to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring this critical legislation to the floor of the Senate for a vote. And I will never stop fighting for LGBTQ+ Americans."

Lambda Legal Interim CEO Richard Burns said in a statement that, "We call on the Senate to give the Equality Act the full, fair and comprehensive consideration it deserves. The Equality Act addresses the inadequate patchwork of protections that vary from state to state with a broad federal statute protecting LGBTQ people across the country and throughout their daily lives."

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

Lightfoot gets win with passage of casino bill 2020-05-24 - Pulling off a feat that her mayor predecessors could not accomplish, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot scored a win when Illinois legislators, on May ...

Gay News

Phase 3 guidelines for reopening of businesses/workplaces are unveiled 2020-05-24 - Governor JB Pritzker released industry-specific guidelines that allow for the safe reopening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of ...

Gay News

Forum examines 2020 election preparations 2020-05-23 - In the opening moments of a May 19 discussion about maintaining the integrity of the 2020 Illinois elections, Equality Illinois Policy Director Mike ...

Gay News

COVID-19 Lightfoot: Chicago on track to open in early June 2020-05-23 - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), announced May 22 that Chicago is on track to ...

Gay News

U.S. Supreme Court backs Idaho trans woman's reassignment surgery 2020-05-22 - The United States Supreme Court denied Idaho's application to stop a transgender inmate's reassignment surgery, East Idaho News reported. The court order ...

Gay News

Lawsuit urges speedy release of prisoners 2020-05-21 - Civil-rights attorneys filed an amended suit in a class-action case, now called Richard v. Pritzker, demanding that state officials speed the release of ...

Gay News

Pritzker announces updates to Phase 3 of 'Restore Illinois' 2020-05-20 - On May 20, Gov. JB Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the state's Restore Illinois plan. "We are by no means out ...

Gay News

Morrison holding COVID-19 town hall 2020-05-20 - Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison will host a COVID-19 virtual town hall on Friday, May 22, at 1 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 ...

Gay News

Former Gov. Blagojevich officially disbarred 2020-05-19 - On May 18, the Illinois Supreme Court officially disbarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, The Chicago Tribune reported. The development happened more than ...

Gay News

Preckwinkle releasing social-distancing photos 2020-05-18 - Recently, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shared the first in a series of photos to illustrate and promote the need for physical ...


Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.