Rep. Cisneros Votes in Support of the Equality Act of 2019

May 17, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Gil Cisneros (right) attending the New Democrat Coalition Endorsement Press Conference of the Equality Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act.

“Today’s historic passage of the Equality Act ensures that LGBTQ individuals have equal opportunity and treatment under the law,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I’m proud to have served alongside LGBTQ servicemembers, who showed tremendous courage and came out to me despite being in the midst of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It’s why I have always fought for inclusion and equality for all and why I will continue to fight for those that face legal and economic discrimination. Now is the time to stand up and tell our children and grandchildren that no matter who they love, no matter who they are and no matter who they want to be, they are guaranteed equal protection under the law.” 

“For the first time, all of Orange County's Congressional representatives are together in their support of LGBT civil rights,” said Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at the LGBT Center OC. “This unprecedented support is a reflection of shifting attitudes across the country. Seven out of ten Americans and majorities in all 50 states support the Equality Act which will add needed civil rights protections for people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

With LGBTQ individuals being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation not just in the workplace, but also education, housing, credit, jury service and public accommodation, the Equality Act will expand full anti-discrimination protections under federal civil rights laws to cover all Americans.

Rep. Cisneros has been a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality, most recently in his opposition to the President’s transgender service member ban. He spoke in support of H.R. 124, a resolution expressing opposition to the transgender ban, and spoke at a rally calling on the President to not move forward with this policy. Rep. Cisneros is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, and the bill will now be referred to the Senate.