(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference on Wednesday--introducing H.R. 5, which prohibits discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation—that she is proud to serve alongside a record 10 LGBTQ members of Congress.
“We take great pride in serving with a record-breaking ten LGBTQ Members in the Congress,” Pelosi said. “We are happy about that.”
“When we first got the Majority, we said we had four goals we wanted to achieve,” Pelosi said. “One was to pass the hate crimes legislation.”
“The next was supposed to be ENDA, end discrimination in the workplace, but we all came to the conclusion, led by the outside groups, that we should do the repeal of ‘Don’t Act Don’t Tell’ next,” Pelosi said. “So, that rose to number two on the agenda, not in terms of importance but in terms of chronology and in getting the votes. So then, with the help of so many of you, we repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
“Next was marriage equality, which the courts happily recognized--marriage equality,” said Pelosi.
“So, we had one left, ENDA,” she said. “But everybody just said, why should we be ending discrimination in the workplace? What about in every place--in housing, in every place?’
“So, that’s when Mr. Cicilline stepped forward and said, ‘We’ll open the Civil Rights Act.’ Not a small thing to do, and that’s why Mr. Lewis and the Congressional Black Caucus and all of our Members were so important in getting behind that fully so here we are today,” Pelosi said.
“Here we are today,” she said. “We are proud to stand with Members from both sides of the Capitol to take a momentous step towards full equality for LGBTQ Americans and for our country. We take great pride in serving with a record-breaking ten LGBTQ Members in the Congress. We are happy about that."
A web posting made by Pelosi’s office indicated that H.R. 5 will amend “the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations and the use of federal funds.”