The bill would add federal protections for LGBT people.
Although no official word has come out of the White House about its position on the Equality Act scheduled for a U.S. House vote on Friday, one unnamed administration official says President Trump is not supporting it.
“The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights," they said via email according to the Washington Bade.
In a nutshell, the Equality Act extends protections to include LGBT people in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If those protections are added LGBT people would be federally protected against discrimination in the workplace, housing, and other sectors regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As of this writing, 30 states have the right to legally discriminate against the LGBT community.
The news that the Trump administration is not throwing its support behind the Equality Act has equal rights watchdogs criticizing the president.
“We’re disgusted, but certainly not surprised, by Donald Trump’s announcement that he opposes the Equality Act, which is supported by seven in ten Americans and more than two hundred major businesses,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin. “By opposing this common sense civil rights legislation, Donald Trump is ensuring that LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired or denied housing in a majority of states. The LGBTQ community, and all Americans for that matter, deserve a president with the courage and decency to sign this bill into law, and we will continue the urgent work to pass the Equality Act and replace Donald Trump with a pro-equality president who will sign it into law.”
The Equality Act premiered before Congress in July 2015. Sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Support has grown for the Act with more than 200 corporations jumping behind it. Even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers support the bill.
Public opinion is also overwhelmingly in support of the bill. A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in 2017 showed that 70% of those asked support non-discrimination laws that protect the LGBT community.