Last October Joe Biden made a promise to the LGBT community on the campaign trail.
To help achieve our vision of equality, I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days — a priority that Donald Trump opposes. This is essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, including when it comes to housing.”
This week on a conference call with a group of unknown LGBT activists the Biden transition team is now stepping back from that promise. One of the main concerns sources from the call said is the incoming administration now fears that they don’t have enough votes in the Senate to pass the bill with the razor thin new Democratic majority, That coupled with Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, the confirmation of Biden’s cabinet, and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is what Biden’s transition team is blaming on the possible delay.
The transition team was quick to point out that that Biden on his first day in office Jan. 20 would direct the Defense Department to dismantle the transgender military ban and that it may take an entire year before the Pentagon is completely able to undo the ban, which Trump initiated by tweet in July 2017.
It’s noted that many of the LGBT activists were accerpting of the delay with minimal pushback. One activist did say . “The notion that our government can only focus on one thing at a time isn’t acceptable. You can’t have the agenda and policy goals that Biden does and not have the process to move faster.”
The original version of The Equality Act was introduced to Congress in 1974 by Belka Abzug and has been used as a campaign promise by Democratic Presidential hopefuls for over the past 40 years and while introduced to Congress in one form or another has always failed.