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Equal Rights

In June 2015, our Nation took a step forward when the Supreme Court decided that it was unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is intolerable and is not in line with our American values. While this decision was a milestone for the LGBT community, it is clear more must be done to ensure all Americans are treated equally under the law. I have continuously supported legislation that protects those in the LGBT community and works to end discrimination.

I was an original cosponsor of H.R. 3185, the Equality Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), during the 114th Congress. The Equality Act would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Specifically, this legislation would have extended anti-discrimination protections in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. I look forward to cosponsoring this legislation again when it is reintroduced during the 115th Congress.

Similarly, I was also a cosponsor of H.R. 5586, the Customer Non-Discrimination Act, during the 114th Congress. H.R. 5586, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), would have amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation. This bill would have expanded the categories of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide: exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; goods, services, or programs; or transportation services. This bill has yet to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress and I look forward to cosponsoring it again.

It is our responsibility as Americans to treat our neighbors equally and with respect. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to advance legislation that promotes fairness, justice, and equality under the law. 

More on Equal Rights

Jun 26, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after voting in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which passed the House by a vote 236-181:

Jun 22, 2020
Last week I continued to work with my colleagues on legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, helped provide COVID-19 tests in the 8th District, and spoke at a virtual House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Markup.
Jun 19, 2020

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement on the recognition of Juneteenth:

Jun 8, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) joined House Democrats, led by Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, as an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Senator Cory Booker and Senator Kamala Harris in the Senate.

Jun 3, 2020

(West New York, NJ) – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after the announcement of additional charges in the death of George Floyd:

May 30, 2020

(West New York, NJ) –Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement regarding the death of George Floyd:

Feb 19, 2020

Last week in Washington, the House voted on removing the deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment and expanding public land protections. I met with the New Jersey Fraternal Order of the Police, representatives of New Jersey community colleges, the NJ Clean Cities Coalition and Transportation Energy Partners, and more. I attended a House Budget Committee hearing and also chaired a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing.

Dec 20, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) - Earlier this week, the House passed 2 funding packages that averted another painful holiday shutdown. While the packages were not perfect, they funded vital programs that will help Americans across the country and include landmark funding for essential initiatives.

Jul 29, 2019
Last week, the House considered urgent legislation addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and our nation’s fiscal health. I spoke at a House Committee on the Budget hearing focused on climate change and met with stakeholders on international issues ranging from human trafficking to tainted alcohol.
Jun 7, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires released the following statement today after reports of a State Department policy being used to deny citizenship for the children of LGBTQ+ families under a discriminatory interpretation of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA):