Includes all politicians who were in office at any point during the 114th Congress.

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
Related Bills
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

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

413 times as much
$8,250,935
$815,726
$903,616
$3,741,693
$883,879
$45,000
$910,780
$426,079
$7,379,240
$987,715
$2,506,022
$2,272,462
$1,853,916
$445,071
$4,556,122
$612,336
$579,662
$1,941,921
$2,532,104
$7,300
$1,437,356
$547,752
$453,540
$44,090,227
$106,651
$106,651

opposed this bill

Christian Conservative
Churches, clergy & religious organizations (split)
38 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Equality Act

38 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
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.
league of united latin american citizens
Rocha, Roger C. (2015, September 15). LULAC Letter to House in Support of Equality Act and LGBT Runaway Youth Legislation. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from League of United Latin American Citizens.
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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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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