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Seattle City Council to Congress: Pass the Equality Act for LGBT rights

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution at its March 13 meeting, calling on Congress to pass the Equality Act. The resolution adopted by the City Council states, ‘We find that federal laws that fully prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression are essential to furthering the well-being of the residents of and visitors to Seattle.’ The proposed Equality Act would add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights laws. Currently, individual states are able to deny access to housing, employment, education, public accommodations, and more because of a resident’s sexual orientation or gender identity. While Washington state law protects LGBT rights, other states do not. The Equality Act would set a national standard that prohibits discrimination under the law based on gender identity or expression.

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