Issie Lapowsky, reporting for Wired:
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS introduced sweeping legislation today that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT people under federal law, and the world’s most valuable company is throwing its support behind the bill.
The Equality Act of 2015 would ensure that people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity when it comes to employment, housing, and other rights. The legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin. The Equality Act would extend these same rights to LGBT people, including in the 31 states that don’t already extend these protections to their LGBT citizens.
The bill has 155 co-sponsors in Congress. It’s also backed by one of the most powerful businesses in the world: Apple. In a statement to Human Rights Campaign, Apple wrote, “At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.”