Four House Democrats introduced an LGBT
protections resolution on Monday.
“When intolerance occurs anywhere,
everyone has an obligation to take a stand, and Congress doesn't get
a waiver on that,” New York Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the House
Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said during a press
Also behind the resolution are Reps
Jared Polis of Colorado, Andre Carson of Indiana and David Cicilline
(pictured) of Rhode Island.
They said that such protections are
needed following passage of a so-called religious freedom law in
Indiana which opponents argued was a response to a federal court's
ruling striking down Indiana's ban on gay marriage and would allow
businesses to turn away gay couples.
The backlash led Republican Governor
Mike Pence to ask lawmakers for a “fix,” which included adding
LGBT protections to the law.
“In the wake of the backlash of
Indiana's misguided law, it is clear that the vast majority of
Americans oppose this type of discrimination,” said Carson.
Cicilline is expected to introduce a
full bill later this spring, The
“Most Americans would be surprised to
learn that, in most states, a gay couple can be married on Saturday,
post photos of their wedding on Sunday and then be fired on Monday
for no reason other than the fact that they are gay,” said
Cicilline said his bill would protect
the LGBT community from discrimination in the areas of housing,
employment and public accommodations.