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Mucarsel-Powell Highlights Key West’s “One Human Family” Culture During Judiciary Committee Hearing

Washington, April 2, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Judiciary Committee and Equality Caucus, in a committee hearing on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, highlighted Key West’s culture of acceptance and promoting rights for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“I’m very proud to represent a community where our motto is ‘One human family,’ and that is Key West,”said Mucarsel-Powell. “We have elected our mayor back in November who is an openly gay mayor. We have a police chief who is openly gay. We welcome over 450,000 tourists who are members of the LGBTQ community. … I am proud to represent Key West. We should all learn from that community what it means to be a member of one human family.”

Mucarsel-Powell then asked the witnesses to expand on the economic benefit of promoting equality, “why are businesses proactively adopting explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination policies?”

Her full opening statement and line of questioning can be found here.

The Equality Act has bipartisan support among members of Congress, the strong support of the business community, and the overwhelming support of the American people – with more than 7 in 10 supporting theEquality Act.