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Lagging Democratic Support For Student Non-Discrimination Act In Congress

Last week, Jared Polis, a U.S. Representative from Colorado, introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act. That’s great news, because the legislation would prohibit discrimination by schools against students on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation. Such discrimination remains legal – and is in practice – in many places in the United States.

There are 120 cosponsors of the current incarnation of the Student Non-Discrimination act in the House of Representatives. At first, that sounds like great news, but actually, it represents a diminishing support for the legislation.

student non-discriminaton actYou see, this is the third time that the Student Non-Discrimination Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The first time was back in 2010, in the 111th Congress. The next time was in 2011, in the 112th Congress.

The first time the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced, it had 171 cosponsors. The second time the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced, it had 126 cosponsors. Now, the number of cosponsors is down to 120.

Why is this happening, when support for the legal rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans is growing? Ask the following members of Congress. They’re the Democrats who cosponsored the legislation in the past, but are not supporting it now.

Mike Honda UPDATE: Mike Honda signed on as a cosponsor on April 25, 2013!
Yvette Clarke
Joe Courtney
Pete DeFazio
John Larson
Mike Doyle UPDATE: Mike Doyle signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!
Anna Eshoo
Richard Neal
John Yarmuth
Henry Johnson
Chaka Fattah
Tim Ryan
Bobby Scott UPDATE: Bobby Scott signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!
Corrine Brown UPDATE: Corrine Brown signed on as a cosponsor on April 25, 2013!
Karen Bass UPDATE: Karen Bass signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!
Nita Lowey UPDATE: Nita Lowey signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!
Colleen Hanabusa
Emanuel Cleaver
Loretta Sanchez
John Garamendi
Danny Davis
John Tierney UPDATE: John Tierney signed on as a cosponsor on April 24, 2013!
Jerry McNerney
John Dingell UPDATE: John Dingell signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!
Madeleine Bordallo
Nydia Velazquez
Ed Perlmutter UPDATE: Ed Permutter signed on as a cosponsor on April 26, 2013!
Steny Hoyer
Mike Thompson
James Clyburn
John Carney
Donna Christensen
Xavier Becerra UPDATE: Xavier Becerra signed on as a cosponsor on April 24, 2013!
Ron Barber
Kurt Schrader
Jim Costa UPDATE: Jim Costa signed on as a cosponsor on April 23, 2013!

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