Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Joins Members of Congress in Amicus Brief Calling for Full LGBTQ Equality Under the Civil Rights Act

July 4, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi  released the following statement on a bicameral amicus brief in the cases of Bostock v. Clayton County, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Melissa Zarda, et al., and R.G. and G. R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. Stephens urging the Supreme Court to hold that discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act:

“More than 150 Members of the House and Senate filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to recognize that the protections of the Civil Rights Act include people facing discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  With this brief, we honor our bedrock value that everyone deserves to be safe from discrimination regardless of who they are and whom they love.

“This amicus brief makes clear that Congress’s consideration of other legislation, such as the Equality Act, does not diminish protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  The LGBTQ community, and all Americans, are entitled to the full protection of the law – in school, in the workplace and everyplace.  It is shameful that 50 percent of all LGBTQ Americans live in states that still refuse to recognize the unequivocal right of every Americans to live free from fear, persecution and hate.

“Fifty-five years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, it has become a pillar of fairness in our democracy, helping us make real the promise of our founding – that all are created equal.  While Republicans and the Trump Administration push a hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda and fight against our march toward progress, we will make clear in the courts and in Congress that liberty, justice and equality are America’s guiding principles – not bigotry or discrimination.”