There is no denying that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage
was a big win for the LGBT community. After all, advocates have been pushing
for marriage equality for decades and the Supreme Court finally legitimized
these efforts. But as exciting as that day was, it is by no means the
end of the fight for fairness in
all aspects of life, not just marriage.
Last week, lawmakers in the House and Senate presented the Equality Act.
This bill would increase legal protections for LGBT individuals by modifying
the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Credit
Opportunity Act. Sexual orientation and gender identity would be dealt
with directly in all three acts if the Equality Act were to pass.
Why the Need for Increased Legal Protections?
Same-sex marriage was first legalized in California in 2008 and it is easy
to assume that the state is 100% supportive of the LGBT community. Unfortunately,
even California is a far cry from the support that states
should be offering in this day and age.
The Equality Act would protect gay and transgender individuals in the workplace,
at school, and even in housing situations. Each of these areas remain
tremulous, despite the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Unfortunately,
it could be a long road to get the bill passed due to Republican control
in both chambers of Congress.
It is certainly disheartening to hear stories and witness incidents of
Americans being treated differently, just because of their sexual orientation
or gender identity. At Castellanos & Associates, APLC, we actively
support the LGBT community and proudly offer family law assistance to
those facing related matters. In the midst of America’s changing
times, you need someone you can count on and that just may be our Los Angeles
Don’t hesitate to
contact our firm for knowledgeable and dedicated legal representation. We are prepared
to fight for the rights and equality that you deserve.