WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Modern Military Association of American, the nation’s largest LGBTQ military and veteran non-profit, applauds the House of Representatives for the bi-partisan passage of the Equality Act.
“We are beyond thrilled to see this historic federal legislation banning discrimination against LGBTQ Americans pass the House with a majority vote,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Dane. “LGBTQ Americans, especially our servicemembers and veterans, deserve equality and are worthy of dignity and respect.”
In a Feb. 26 press release, Senator Tammy Baldwin issued a statement on the House’s passage of the act.
“It is just wrong that in a majority of states, LGBTQ Americans live without fully-inclusive non-discrimination laws and can still face discrimination simply because of who they are or who they love. It is time to end this kind of discrimination because LGBTQ Americans should have the freedom of full equality.”
There are more than 90,000 LGBTQ people actively serving in the military, and more than one million LGBTQ veterans. Since WII, more than 114,000 veterans were discharged dishonorably or other-than-honorably due to discriminatory policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“Once again, the House has taken a historic step forward by passing this legislation with bipartisan support,” said Baldwin. “Now let’s get this job done and pass the Equality Act in the Senate and send it to President Biden, so he can sign it into law and we can finally provide full equality for every LGBTQ American across our country.”