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Democrats to officially support Equality Act as GOP keeps anti-LGBTQ platform of 2016

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LGBTQ flag Democrats are set to make history by approving a party platform that would support the Equality Act, a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that improves protections for LGBTQ people, as well as other groundbreaking additions to the party platform.

The party platform, which sets up ideas and goals that govern the party, would also include a pledge to reverse the Trump administration’s most harmful rollbacks of LGBTQ rights in health care. It is the first platform to specifically mention nonbinary people, transgender women of color, and gender non-conforming people.

According to the Washington Blade, delegates are expected to ratify the platform during the Democratic National Convention next week. Voting ends on Saturday night.

The Equality Act passed the House last year by a margin of 236-173, with all no votes coming from Republicans. Under the legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be amended to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in education, housing, employment, jury service, federal programs, public accommodations, and credit and lending.

The Equality Act also includes protections against discrimination in public spaces and services, such as retail stores, legal services, and banks.

The platform condemns the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era protections for […]

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