The U.S. House today voted to pass the Equality Act, legislation that would enshrine explicit, comprehensive protections for all LGBTQ people, including in employment, housing, and public accommodations, in federal law.

Gary Buseck, Legal Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, issued the following statement:

Today’s vote marks another historic moment in our nation’s continuing journey toward ensuring equality and fair treatment for all Americans. Individuals, businesses, and political leaders across this country have come to understand that no one should be at risk for being denied a home, fired from a job, or excluded from access to fundamental services because of who they are or who they love.

It should be the highest aspiration of our nation to eliminate inequality, and ensure the fullest level of inclusion in public, civil and economic life for all Americans. The Equality Act, in conjunction with our other vital civil rights laws, furthers this project by providing clear and consistent protection from discrimination for LGBTQ Americans.

We especially thank lead House sponsor Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) and all the legislators who have joined as co-sponsors of the Equality Act, shepherded the bill through committee, and voted for its passage today. We urge the Senate to take up this important legislation to ensure our nation’s commitment to ending discrimination.