Update: ENDA House Floor Debate - Rep. John Lewis

by HRC Staff

As the debate continues on the House floor on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, we wanted to share with you the following speech given on the floor by Rep. John Lewis.

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Rep. John Lewis: "Madam Speaker, I for one fought too long and too hard to end discrimination based on race and color, not to stand up against discrimination against our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. During the 1960's, we broke down those signs that said 'white' and 'colored.' Call it what you may, to discriminate against someone because they are gay is wrong, it is wrong, it is not right. There's not any room in our society for discrimination. Today we must take this important step after more than 30 long years and pass the employment Employment Non-Discrimination Act. It is the right thing to do. It is the moral thing to do. Let us do it. Not just for this generation but for generations yet unborn. Today we have an opportunity to bring down more signs. Now is the time to do what is right, what is fair, what is just. The time is always right to do right. Let us pass this bill."

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