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Congresswoman Robin Kelly Celebrates House Passage of the Historic Equality Act

May 17, 2019

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following passage of the bipartisan Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:

"With today's vote, we sent a strong message that love is love. No matter who you are or who you love, you are a person worthy of dignity, respect and equal protection under the law.

This bipartisan measure is long overdue. In 2019, it's a shame and national embarrassment that you can get married on Saturday and fired on Monday because of who you married. Who you love has NO impact of your ability to do a job and its past time for our laws to reflect that.

While I'm glad that we could come together today and pass this important bipartisan bill, it's a shame that it took this long. Sadly, the Republican leadership who controlled Congress for the last eight years completely ignored this bipartisan bill, allowing it to anguish in committee-referral purgatory.

I encourage Senate Majority Leader McConnell to not repeat this mistake. He should immediately call a vote on this bipartisan measure that's broadly supported by the American people."


Video Caption: Congresswoman Robin Kelly celebrates passage of the bipartisan Equality Act with author, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI).

Notes: Congresswoman Kelly is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), has 240 co-sponsors in the House, including three Republicans.