S. 1858 - Equality Act

Civil rights and liberties, minority issues. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Equality Act

S. 1858 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes
Other Titles
  • Equality Act
  • Equality Act
Sponsor
Jeff Merkley
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Civil rights and liberties, minority issues
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Consumer credit
  • Due process and equal protection
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • Higher education
  • Housing discrimination
  • Museums, exhibitions, cultural centers
  • Religion
  • Retail and wholesale trades
  • Sex, gender, sexual orientation discrimination
  • Sports and recreation facilities
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Major Actions
Introduced7/23/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced7/23/2015
7/23/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
7/23/2015Introduced in Senate
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
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Contributions

  1. November - December 2010 For $148,486 Against $0
  2. January - February 2011 For $547,795 Against $0
  3. March - April 2011 For $1,111,780 Against $0
  4. May - June 2011 For $1,429,491 Against $0
  5. July - August 2011 For $694,514 Against $2,000
  6. September - October 2011 For $1,709,977 Against $3,000
  7. November - December 2011 For $1,678,709 Against $500
  8. January - February 2012 For $1,074,384 Against $200
  9. March - April 2012 For $1,930,468 Against $250
  10. May - June 2012 For $2,460,441 Against $1,866
  11. July - August 2012 For $2,110,561 Against $6,050
  12. September - October 2012 For $4,616,081 Against $12,528
  13. November - December 2012 For $489,747 Against $800
  14. January - February 2013 For $383,166 Against $0
  15. March - April 2013 For $1,070,352 Against $500
  16. May - June 2013 For $1,340,879 Against $0
  17. July - August 2013 For $507,254 Against $0
  18. September - October 2013 For $908,819 Against $3,000
  19. November - December 2013 For $865,815 Against $500
  20. January - February 2014 For $488,834 Against $2,000
  21. March - April 2014 For $1,132,753 Against $500
  22. May - June 2014 For $1,652,151 Against $10,850
  23. July - August 2014 For $1,048,627 Against $4,500
  24. September - October 2014 For $2,111,177 Against $21,703
  25. November - December 2014 For $422,157 Against $0
  26. January - February 2015 For $489,539 Against $285
  27. March - April 2015 For $1,378,668 Against $225
  28. May - June 2015 For $1,262,118 Against $0
  29. July - August 2015 For $557,168 Against $1,640
  30. September - October 2015 For $1,115,531 Against $1,225
  31. November - December 2015 For $1,223,958 Against $130
  32. January - February 2016 For $648,192 Against $255
  33. March - April 2016 For $1,357,806 Against $2,530
  34. May - June 2016 For $1,725,448 Against $3,735
  35. July - August 2016 For $903,295 Against $2,404
  36. September - October 2016 For $1,426,734 Against $8,560
  37. November - December 2016 For $67,352 Against $14,915

Votes

    37 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    Equality Act

    37 organizations supported this bill

    AIDS United
    AIDS United (2016, May 19). S 1858 (HR 3185): Equality Act. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from AIDS United.
    American Airlines Group
    Human Rights Campaign (2015, July 28). Momentum Builds: Corporate Giants Announce Support for Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections. Retrieved July 29, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Civil Liberties Union (2015, July 23). ACLU Comment on Introduction of the Equality Act in Congress. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from American Civil Liberties Union.
    American Federation of Teachers
    American Federation of Teachers (2015, July 23). AFT's Weingarten on the Introduction of the Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from American Federation of Teachers.
    American Psychological Association
    Keita, Gwendolyn P. (2016, March 4). Association supports bill to prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from American Psychological Association.
    American Veterinary Medical Association
    American Veterinary Medical Association (2015, December 19). Equality Act of 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from American Veterinary Medical Association.
    Anti-Defamation League
    Anti-Defamation League (2015, July 23). ADL Hails Introduction of “Equality Act” and Urges Quick Adoption by Congress. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from ADL.
    Apple
    Peters, Stephen (2015, July 23). Major Corporations Announce Support for Landmark Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    Ben & Jerry's
    Ben & Jerry's (2015, November 18). The Equality Act: What It Is and Why We Need It. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Ben & Jerry's.
    Center for American Progress
    Center for American Progress (2015, July 23). CAP President Neera Tanden on the Introduction of Historic Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Legislation. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Center for American Progress.
    Dow Chemical Company
    Peters, Stephen (2015, July 23). Major Corporations Announce Support for Landmark Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    Equality California
    Equality California (2015, August 9). Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the Equality Act. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Equality California.
    Equality Federation
    Snyder, Mark (2015, July 23). Federal Equality Act Will Protect LGBT People from Discrimination. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Equality Federation.
    Facebook
    Facebook (2015, July 24). Facebook statement in support of the Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Facebook U.S. Public Policy.
    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
    Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (2015, July 23). GLSEN Statement on the Introduction of the Equality Act. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
    General Mills
    Human Rights Campaign (2015, July 28). Momentum Builds: Corporate Giants Announce Support for Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections. Retrieved July 29, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
    Wu, Janson (2015, July 23). GLAD ED Janson Wu’s Statement in Support of the Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from GLAD.
    Google
    Human Rights Campaign (2015, July 28). Momentum Builds: Corporate Giants Announce Support for Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections. Retrieved July 29, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    HIV Medicine Association
    Rio, Carlos del (2016, May 16). Subject: HIV Medicine Association Endorsement of the Equality Act (S. 1858/H.R. 3185). Retrieved May 19, 2016, from HIV Medicine Association.
    Human Rights Campaign
    Human Rights Campaign (2015, July 23). #EqualityForward: The Equality Act Launches with Immense Support. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    Intel Corporation
    Fava, Andrea (2015, August 7). Intel Supports Comprehensive Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from Intel.
    Interfaith Alliance
    Interfaith Alliance (2015, July 23). Interfaith Alliance Cheers Introduction of Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Interfaith Alliance.
    Lambda Legal
    Pizer, Jennifer C. (2015, July 23). Lambda Legal Applauds Introduction of Federal Nondiscrimination Bill in Congress. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Lambda Legal.
    Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (2015, July 23). Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Effort to Protect LGBT Community from Discrimination Nationwide. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
    Levi Strauss & Co.
    Peters, Stephen (2015, July 23). Major Corporations Announce Support for Landmark Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    Microsoft
    Miller, Hayley (2015, July 29). Microsoft Supports The Equality Act. Retrieved July 29, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    National Center for Transgender Equality
    National Center for Transgender Equality (2015, July 23). NCTE Applauds Introduction of Landmark LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from NCTE.
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (2015, July 24). Latina Advocates Respond to Introduction of Equality Act. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
    National Partnership for Women & Families
    Ness, Debra L. (2015, July 23). ‘We Will All Be Better Off When the Equality Act Becomes Law,’ Women’s Leader Says. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from National Partnership for Women & Families.
    National Women's Law Center
    National Women's Law Center (2015, July 23). Groundbreaking Equality Act Will Advance Equal Opportunity and Fair Treatment, Says NWLC. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from National Women's Law Center.
    Nike
    Human Rights Campaign (2015, July 28). Momentum Builds: Corporate Giants Announce Support for Federal LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections. Retrieved July 29, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
    PayPal Holdings
    Paasche, Franz (2015, August 24). Our Commitment to Equality. Retrieved August 28, 2015, from PayPal.
    PFLAG
    PFLAG (2015, July 23). Press Statement: The Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from PFLAG.
    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
    Dashow, Jordan (2015, August 7). From the Equality Act of 1974 to the Equality Act of 2015: Protecting LGBT People from Discrimination. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
    Target
    Target (2015, September 10). Stronger Together: Target Signs on in Support of the Equality Act. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from Target.
    Transgender Law Center
    Transgender Law Center (2015, July 23). Equality Act: federal legislation introduced to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from Transgender Law Center.
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (2015, July 23). UFCW President Perrone Statement on the Equality Act. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

    3 organizations opposed this bill

    Center for Moral Clarity
    Center for Moral Clarity (2016, May 19). Reject ill-advised "Equality Act," S. 1858. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from Center for Moral Clarity.
    Family Research Council
    Family Research Council (2015, July 31). Take Action: 'Equality Act' Endangers the Freedom to Believe. Retrieved October 15, 2015, from Family Research Council.
    National Religious Broadcasters
    National Religious Broadcasters (2015, September 11). Public Policy Priorities. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Religious Broadcasters.

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    Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
    Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$223,450$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$538,364$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,896,437$0
    John BarrassoRWY$164,973$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$1,169,415$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$296,803$0
    Roy BluntRMO$473,655$5,500
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$916,406$0
    John BoozmanRAR$217,470$1,115
    Barbara BoxerDCA$18,797$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$1,307,835$0
    Richard BurrRNC$262,290$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$384,878$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$189,050$0
    Ben CardinDMD$199,229$0
    Tom CarperDDE$315,630$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$433,800$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$243,899$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$46,250$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$157,149$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$278,900$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$370,612$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$208,582$0
    John CornynRTX$405,716$1,000
    Tom CottonRAR$208,560$7,001
    Mike CrapoRID$192,165$0
    Ted CruzRTX$296,256$10,694
    Steve DainesRMT$253,066$8,501
    Joe DonnellyDIN$230,258$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$340,398$0
    Mike EnziRWY$103,150$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$80,638$6,020
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$541,532$0
    Deb FischerRNE$128,795$9,050
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$299,150$0
    Al FrankenDMN$547,889$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$297,355$2,250
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,344,936$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$282,400$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$218,525$2,813
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$492,114$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$344,979$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$374,148$0
    Dean HellerRNV$255,924$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$659,062$0
    John HoevenRND$97,693$0
    Jim InhofeROK$154,150$500
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$338,175$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$248,945$0
    Tim KaineDVA$1,205,264$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$115,078$0
    Mark KirkRIL$204,895$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$625,920$0
    James LankfordROK$190,365$6,685
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$289,380$0
    Mike LeeRUT$229,885$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$253,091$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$623,242$0
    John McCainRAZ$353,528$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$1,850,876$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$724,968$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$309,472$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$353,565$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$13,800$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$214,612$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$221,948$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$502,745$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$1,173,428$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$361,782$0
    Rand PaulRKY$127,993$4,596
    David PerdueRGA$214,831$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$850,120$0
    Rob PortmanROH$712,070$2,500
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$120,100$0
    Harry ReidDNV$122,717$0
    Jim RischRID$83,299$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$244,696$3,500
    Mike RoundsRSD$80,400$0
    Marco RubioRFL$388,490$8,895
    Bernie SandersIVT$384,226$0
    Ben SasseRNE$101,360$9,401
    Brian SchatzDHI$395,359$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$1,176,558$0
    Tim ScottRSC$311,625$4,000
    Jeff SessionsRAL$41,200$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,176,049$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$48,600$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$777,431$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$91,500$5,600
    Jon TesterDMT$601,516$0
    John ThuneRSD$340,271$3,530
    Thom TillisRNC$212,480$3,500
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$550,412$0
    Tom UdallDNM$290,463$0
    David VitterRLA$75,500$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$541,818$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$4,098,591$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$203,773$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$84,033$0
    Ron WydenDOR$775,049$0

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    Legislator Filters
    NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$223,450$0
    Kelly AyotteRNH$538,364$0
    Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,896,437$0
    John BarrassoRWY$164,973$0
    Michael F. BennetDCO$1,169,415$0
    Richard BlumenthalDCT$296,803$0
    Roy BluntRMO$473,655$5,500
    Cory A. BookerDNJ$916,406$0
    John BoozmanRAR$217,470$1,115
    Barbara BoxerDCA$18,797$0
    Sherrod BrownDOH$1,307,835$0
    Richard BurrRNC$262,290$0
    Maria CantwellDWA$384,878$0
    Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$189,050$0
    Ben CardinDMD$199,229$0
    Tom CarperDDE$315,630$0
    Bob CaseyDPA$433,800$0
    Bill CassidyRLA$243,899$0
    Daniel CoatsRIN$46,250$0
    William Thad CochranRMS$157,149$0
    Susan M. CollinsRME$278,900$0
    Christopher A. CoonsDDE$370,612$0
    Bob CorkerRTN$208,582$0
    John CornynRTX$405,716$1,000
    Tom CottonRAR$208,560$7,001
    Mike CrapoRID$192,165$0
    Ted CruzRTX$296,256$10,694
    Steve DainesRMT$253,066$8,501
    Joe DonnellyDIN$230,258$0
    Dick DurbinDIL$340,398$0
    Mike EnziRWY$103,150$0
    Joni ErnstRIA$80,638$6,020
    Dianne FeinsteinDCA$541,532$0
    Deb FischerRNE$128,795$9,050
    Jeff FlakeRAZ$299,150$0
    Al FrankenDMN$547,889$0
    Cory GardnerRCO$297,355$2,250
    Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,344,936$0
    Lindsey GrahamRSC$282,400$0
    Chuck GrassleyRIA$218,525$2,813
    Orrin G. HatchRUT$492,114$0
    Martin HeinrichDNM$344,979$0
    Heidi HeitkampDND$374,148$0
    Dean HellerRNV$255,924$0
    Mazie K. HironoDHI$659,062$0
    John HoevenRND$97,693$0
    Jim InhofeROK$154,150$500
    Johnny IsaksonRGA$338,175$0
    Ron JohnsonRWI$248,945$0
    Tim KaineDVA$1,205,264$0
    Angus S. King, Jr.IME$115,078$0
    Mark KirkRIL$204,895$0
    Amy KlobucharDMN$625,920$0
    James LankfordROK$190,365$6,685
    Patrick J. LeahyDVT$289,380$0
    Mike LeeRUT$229,885$0
    Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$253,091$0
    Ed MarkeyDMA$623,242$0
    John McCainRAZ$353,528$0
    Claire McCaskillDMO$1,850,876$0
    Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$724,968$0
    Bob MenéndezDNJ$309,472$0
    Jeff MerkleyDOR$353,565$0
    Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$13,800$0
    Jerry MoranRKS$214,612$0
    Lisa MurkowskiRAK$221,948$0
    Chris MurphyDCT$502,745$0
    Patty MurrayDWA$1,173,428$0
    Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$361,782$0
    Rand PaulRKY$127,993$4,596
    David PerdueRGA$214,831$0
    Gary C. PetersDMI$850,120$0
    Rob PortmanROH$712,070$2,500
    John "Jack" ReedDRI$120,100$0
    Harry ReidDNV$122,717$0
    Jim RischRID$83,299$0
    Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$244,696$3,500
    Mike RoundsRSD$80,400$0
    Marco RubioRFL$388,490$8,895
    Bernie SandersIVT$384,226$0
    Ben SasseRNE$101,360$9,401
    Brian SchatzDHI$395,359$0
    Chuck SchumerDNY$1,176,558$0
    Tim ScottRSC$311,625$4,000
    Jeff SessionsRAL$41,200$0
    Jeanne ShaheenDNH$1,176,049$0
    Richard C. ShelbyRAL$48,600$0
    Debbie StabenowDMI$777,431$0
    Dan SullivanRAK$91,500$5,600
    Jon TesterDMT$601,516$0
    John ThuneRSD$340,271$3,530
    Thom TillisRNC$212,480$3,500
    Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$550,412$0
    Tom UdallDNM$290,463$0
    David VitterRLA$75,500$0
    Mark R. WarnerDVA$541,818$0
    Elizabeth WarrenDMA$4,098,591$0
    Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$203,773$0
    Roger F. WickerRMS$84,033$0
    Ron WydenDOR$775,049$0

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Women's issues$8,250,935
    Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
    Computer software$4,556,122
    Chemicals$3,741,693
    Computer components & accessories$2,532,104
    Airlines$2,506,022
    Food and kindred products manufacturing$2,272,462
    Department, variety & convenience stores$1,941,921
    Search Engine/Email Services$1,853,916
    Psychiatrists & psychologists$1,437,356
    Social Media$987,715
    Teachers unions$910,780
    Computer manufacture & services$903,616
    Clothing & accessories$883,879
    Gay & lesbian rights & issues$815,726
    Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
    Internet & Online Services$579,662
    Health & welfare policy$547,752
    Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
    Veterinarians$453,540
    Shoes & leather products$445,071
    Food service & related unions$426,079
    Human Rights$45,000
    AIDS treatment & testing$7,300

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

    $ Donated
    Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
    Christian Conservative$106,651
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