Mark Kirk Is First Senate Republican To Co-Sponsor Federal LGBT Protections Bill


Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | January 20, 2016

Illinois Senator Mark Kirk this week announced his support for the Equality Act, making him the first Senate 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.

“Discrimination on the basis of being gay is against the law in Illinois and should be against the law nationwide,” Kirk said in a statement given to the Washington Blade.

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