Rep. Bob Dold Is First Republican To Co-Sponsor Federal LGBT Protections Bill


Carlos Santoscoy | On Time Magazine | January 16, 2016

Illinois Rep. Bob Dold on Friday announced his support for the Equality Act, making him the first Republican to back the proposed legislation.

Introduced by Democrats last year, the Equality Act seeks to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in seven key areas, including credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service and public accommodations, by effectively expanding the Civil Rights Act, originally approved in 1964.

“Illinois has a long and proud history of fighting for equal rights, and I am proud to continue this tradition by supporting the Equality Act,” Dold said in a statement given to The Hill. “Engraved on the front of the Supreme Court is their phrase ‘equal justice under the law,’ but as long as any Americans can be legally discriminated against, there is not equal justice in this country.”

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