Queer Up Politics

Biden ‘stands by’ plan to pass Equality Act within 100 days

The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden is committed to passing landmark LGBTQ rights legislation during his first 100 days. The Equality Act, which was passed by the U.S. House in 2019, would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education, credit, and public accommodations. During the presidential campaign, Biden pledged to pass the Equality Act during his first 100 days in office, and spoke about its importance while campaigning. In a briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the president remained committed to that timeframe. Psaki said “He stands by it. I would say that there’s some actions that need to be taken by Congress, of course.” Biden has already taken action to undo some of the anti-LGBTQ actions of the Trump administration, including issuing an executive order on the day he took office protecting LGBTQ from discrimination in the federal government. Several days later, Biden reversed Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, calling the reversal “the right thing to do and…in our national interest.” Last week, the president committed the United States to advancing and defending the rights of LGBTQI people abroad, as part of a series of actions and initiatives designed to realign America’s foreign policy with respect for human rights and place increased emphasis on diplomacy. The importance of the Equality Act will create a legislative precident and will eliminate a supreme court making basic decisions based on the will of the current court, now or in the future.

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