More than three decades ago, then-U.S. Reps. Bella Abzug and Ed Koch, both from New York, introduced the Equality Act of 1974 to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include gays and lesbians. Though it didn’t pass, it set the bar high for the LGBT movement—a mark our current leadership is not even aiming for.
That will change June 29, 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when an online organizing network called The Power officially launches a movement to expand the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity. The act already bars discrimination against race, color, religion, national origin and sex in the broader areas of employment, housing, financial credit and public accommodations.
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