Equality Act of 2015

​(H.R. 3185/S. 1858)

This legislation amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Civil Rights Act (Public Law 88-352) outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, the law ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, in the workplace and by facilities servicing the general public.

Status: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced S. 1858 on July 23, 2015, and it was referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.-1) introduced H.R. 3185 on July 23, 2015, and it was referred to five House Committees—Judiciary, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Oversight and Government Reform, and House Administration, for a period to be subsequently determined by the speaker. On Sept. 8, 2015, the bill was referred to the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

AVMA Position: Support
Primary Contact: Gina Luke