LIVE VIDEO: US House Debates LGBTQ Equality Act

Via press release:

Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity: “I rise today in strong support of H.R. 5, the “Equality Act,” which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other core civil rights statutes, to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would also strengthen non-discrimination protections for women and others.

“Today is a historic day—the first time a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill has come to the floor of the House. This long overdue legislation will provide millions of LGBTQ Americans protections from being denied medical care, fired from their jobs, or thrown out of their homes simply because of who they are.

“Much of the history of the United States has been about expanding the definition of who is understood to be included when the Declaration of Independence says, “all men are created equal.” When these words were first written, that phrase did not include black and Latino men; it did not include Native Americans; it did not include women; and it did not include LGBTQ individuals.

“At this moment, we have an opportunity to continue our march toward justice—to enshrine in our nation’s laws protections for marginalized communities to ensure that everyone can fully participate in key areas of life, and to provide them recourse in the face of discrimination.

The debate has already begun and at this writing a GOP rep is ranting as you’d expect. Watch live on C-SPAN or at this link or at the embedded clip below.