Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement today on passage of the Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“I am thrilled that the U.S. House of Representatives today has passed a long-overdue bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the bill is morally right and provides simple common-sense protections for LGBTQ people, it still faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate. Should it fail, bias against LGBTQ people will be allowed to continue unabated in employment, education, housing and even jury service in most states. I join with the members of our new LGBTQ Law Section in saying that we cannot stand idly by and let that happen.”
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