House Passes Equality Act Aimed At Ending Discrimination For Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act. The new act will amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and aims to protect people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The final vote was 224-206 with three Republicans breaking party lines to vote together with the House Democrats.
The House had already passed the Equality Act back in 2019, but supporters are more optimistic that it will pass in both chambers now that the Democrats hold control of the Senate.
LGBTQ advocates say the legislation will help protect people that live in states where it's still legal to discriminate against people.
Critics of the legislation argue that it raises concerns for religious communities and their rights as well as for women's sports. Detractors say the bill will allow biological men who identify as female to participate in women's sports and consequently have an unfair physical advantage.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) says he intends to bring the legislation before the Senate floor for a vote.
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