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Illinois Congressman first Republican to support gay rights federal legislation

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Bob Dold of Illinois' 10th CD didn't put out a press release announcing his support for the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity, but he made his support clear to The Hill.

Late last week, Dold became the first House Republican to say we would sign on to the measure as co-sponsor with 170 other Democrats — including all nine members of Illinois' Democrat caucus. 

"Illinois has a long and proud history of fighting for equal rights, and I am proud to continue this tradition by supporting the Equality Act. Engraved on the front of the Supreme Court is the phrase 'equal justice under the law,' but as long as any Americans can be legally discriminated against, there is not equal justice in this country," Dold said.

"Congress must act to ensure that all Americans, including the LGBT community, are protected equally from discrimination under federal law, just as they already are in my home state of Illinois."

The Equality Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and the jury system.

In September the measure was sent to the Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, where it has yet to be considered.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Very much of a liberal Democrat. Not only on homosexual issues but also a big open border, pro amnesty supporter.
    This was taken from the July 27, 2015 IR in case anyone has forgotten,
    “CHICAGO – Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) said he was delighted to link up with Republican Congressman Bob Dold (IL-10) to discuss their common ground on immigration issues in a town hall forum Saturday.”
    Tells me all I need to know about Dold.

  2. I live in Rep. Dold’s district, and I hoped that a conservative would run against him, in the primary. He likes giving money to Planned Parenthood, and he frequently votes for unconstitutional pork barrel spending, including federal spending for education, healthcare, and the CTA. He doesn’t even have a write-in primary opponent.

  3. What a shame it is! In a district once represented by constitutional-conservative Phil Crane, and recently Joe Walsh, we are somehow stuck with a no-morals, America-destroying Republican. With the liberal-Democrat North Shore being part of the district,( half welfare mooches and the other half more-money-than-brains rich liberals),our only present alternatives are the two equally-odious Democrats running in the primary. The educated and affluent Tenth District, with their self-destructive political choices, are no better than an inner-city congressional district where the voters live on public aid and never completed 9th grade.