WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) announced this week that he will support the Equality Act.
A vote on the Equality Act is expected today.
The Hill reported that Lipinski had come under fire for his stance on the bill by his liberal primary challenger Marie Newman. Lipinski is considered the most conservative Democrat in the House and was the only House Dem not to co-sponsor the bill.
The website said the representative made the announcement during a speech on the House floor.
“All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law and should have these rights protected, including individuals in the LGBT community,” Lipinski said. “At the same time, the free exercise of religious belief is a core ideal of our country, protected in the Constitution and through federal law.”
“It is critical to ensure that religious freedom stands a chance to be fully lived out and fairly treated in court. This week, I will vote for the Equality Act for the broader goal. But before it becomes law, we must do more to ensure religious liberty,” Lipinski added.
GLAAD had earlier in the week called on Lipinksi and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) to change their stances on the bill.
“Congressman Dan Lipinski’s concerns about the balance between religion and government are a false flag. Religion is an American value that’s treasured in this country – including for the LGBTQ community – and is not compromised in any way by ensuring equal rights and dignity for all people,” said Zeke Stokes, Chief Programs Officer of GLAAD.