100+ corporations support the Equality Act

Office of Congressman David Cicilline. Photo via Facebook.

If you are not familiar with the Equality Act, it would modify the 1964 Civil Rights Act so that LGBT+ people could have protections against discrimination when it comes to employment, housing and public accommodations. These protections would specifically pertain to sexual orientation and gender identity.

In support of this act, more than 100 hundred companies have come forward. Most of the companies involved have received high marks on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. This means that these companies have well-functioning nondiscrimination policies in place.

“The more than 100 businesses that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act are sending a loud and clear message that the time has come for full federal equality,” said Chad Griffin, president of HRC.

“This is a milestone in corporate support for the Equality Act, and we urge Congress to listen to this growing chorus of American businesses and protect all LGBTQ people from discrimination.”

Some of the businesses included on the list are: Accenture, Adobe Systems, Inc., Airbnb Inc., American Airlines, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capitol One Financial Corp., The Coca-Cola Co., The Dow Chemical Co., Google Inc., The Hershey Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Microsoft, Monsanto, Sodexo Inc., Target Corp., Twitter, Uber and Xerox.

Despite having so much support, the act still faces an uphill battle. This is so as, at a state level, those with Republican controlled legislators will likely find some resistance.

Nevertheless, in a recent poll by the nonpartisan Public Religion Institute it was found that “72 percent of Americans overall, and a majority of residents of all 50 states, support ‘a law’ that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations,” according to an article with Metro Weekly.

Copyright The Gayly 9/28/2017 3:33 p.m. CST