LGBTQ+ Rights

 

LGBTQ+ Rights

The United States has made great progress on LGBTQ+ rights in recent years, which includes the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in support of marriage equality. Congresswoman Trahan supports the extension of full and equal rights to members of the LGBTQ+ community. All Americans deserve to receive equal treatment under the law, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Equality Act

The Equality Act, which has since passed through the House of Representatives, bars discrimination against LGBTQ+ Individuals in public accommodations, federal financial assistance, education, employment, housing, credit, and jury service by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other existing laws to guarantee that LGBTQ+ Individuals are afforded the same protections against discrimination as every other American.

 



Do No Harm Act

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was enacted in 1993 to serve as a shield to defend the rights of religious minorities. However, at times, RFRA has been used as a sword to discriminate against women and LGBTQ+Americans. Congresswoman Trahan is an original cosponsor of the Do No Harm Act, which was introduced on February 28, 2019. This bill would properly narrow the scope of RFRA to end such abuses. Specifically, the bill would clarify that RFRA does not apply in cases involving discrimination, child labor and abuse, worker rights, or access to health care and public accommodations. These are fundamental civil rights protections afforded to all Americans and should not be subject to unfair religious exemptions.