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S. 788: Equality Act

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About the bill

Should the 1964 law which outlawed race discrimination be updated to include LGBT individuals too?


Great strides have been made this decade for legal equality based on sexual orientation or gender identity, including permitting openly gay troops in the military and the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. However, both those gains came at the federal level.

28 states still allow discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity on the state level, including in such sectors as employment and housing.

States used to similarly allow other forms of discrimination, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned any discrimination or segregation on the basis of four categories: race, color, religion, or national origin.

What the legislation does

The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to ...

Sponsor and status

Jeff Merkley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2019
Length: 28 pages
Mar 13, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Mar 13, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 13, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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H.R. 5 (same title)
Passed House (Senate next) — May 17, 2019



Mar 13, 2019

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S. 788 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 788. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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