Rep. Andy Kim on Wednesday lauded the introduction of a House measure that would extend discrimination protections to LGBTQ peoples.
“No American should be discriminated against, fired, denied housing or refused service simply because of who they are,” Kim said. “These lack of protections for the LGBTQ community are simply un-American and do not reflect the values of our country and our communities. I am proud to co-sponsor and will be proud to vote for H.R. 5, and call on my colleagues in the House and Senate to join me in supporting this important effort to expand human rights for all Americans.”
The measure would extend protected-class safeguards to LGBTQ individuals. Currently, those same protections are applied to categories like race, age, sex, national origin and religion.
While such protections already exist in New Jersey, the same cannot be said of 30 of the country’s other states.
“While LGBTQ New Jerseyans have enjoyed commonsense legal protections against discrimination since the nineties, 44% of LGBTQ Americans still live in states where it is legal to fire, deny housing, or refuse service to someone simply because of who they are or who they love,” Garden State Equality executive director Christian Fuscarino said. “It is critical that we pass The Equality Act in Congress this session to ensure equality under the law truly means equality for all”