The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the California State Assembly to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 43 (AJR 43) calling upon the federal government to include sexual orientation and gender identity language in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl announced today.
“I want to commend Assembly Member Ricardo Lara for boldly introducing AJR 43 and thank my Council colleagues for their vote,” said Rosendahl. “Currently, most federal anti-discrimination laws withhold equal status and parity for LGBT individuals, denying this population many basic and fundamental protections and benefits. I’m proud of the fact that our great City supports equality and that the next generation of LGBTQ youth will be free to express themselves in the way God made them.”
AJR 43 calls upon the President of the United States and Congress to pass legislation that expressly includes sexual orientation and gender identity in all laws of the United States created to end discrimination in this country.
“I am grateful for Councilmember Rosendahl’s leadership and support of Assembly Joint Resolution 43. This resolution is an urgent call for justice,” said Assembly Member Lara. “California has been a leader in providing protections for LGTBQ Americans, nonetheless each of the rights and protections we grant are lost the minute they step on the ground of other states throughout the country that may not offer protections. The piecemeal protections offered in local governments are void when 29 states in the union can fire employees from their job simply due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTQ Americans desperately need protections nationwide and only a comprehensive response at the federal level can guarantee these rights.”
Assembly Joint Resolution 43 will next be heard on the floor of the State Senate.
Rosendahl’s resolution in support of AJR 43 can be found here.