To commemorate mothers day in the US, over 1,000 American mothers signed an open letter to congress to demand that lawmakers pass the Equality Act, ensuring full protections for all LGBTQ+ citizens. The letter argued the act, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives, is a “critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”
It continued: “As mothers, we are asking you to pass the Equality Act to level the playing field for everyone, guaranteeing that LGBTQ+ children are extended the same federal anti-discrimination protections that other Americans have enjoyed for decades…Moms do not back down when it comes to protecting our children,” as cited by Them.
The Equality Act was first introduced in 2019 but was never brought to vote in the Senate. It would add pro-LGBTQ+ policies to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, including prohibiting housing, employment and education discrimination. Although Biden has been unable to pass the act in his first 100 days in office as he hoped to do, it is still due to head to the Senate.