The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to officially endorse and urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act to include federal protections for LGBTQ people.
Over 200 major businesses nationwide have also voiced their support for passage of the bill, and similar LGBTQ protections enjoy broad 70% support from Americans polled in a recent Public Religion Research Institute study.
In May, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Meanwhile, the Village of Shorewood, just north of Milwaukee, has passed a ban on so-called conversion therapy aimed at LGBTQ people. The practice has long been discredited by all major medical and psychological organizations as being harmful and not based on any sound evidence or practice.
Shorewood joins an ever-growing list of towns, cities, and states that have banned the practice, including Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, and Cudahy.