Initiative Prohibits Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a landmark LGBTQ rights bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in many areas, including employment, housing, education, public accommodations, credit, and jury duty.
“The LGBTQ community has waited long enough,” said Rhode Island Democratic Congressman David Cicilline, who introduced the bill. – “It’s time to extend freedoms and equality to all Americans, regardless of who they are or who they love.
The bill passed by a vote of 224 to 206.
The votes were split mostly along party lines, with only three Republicans supporting the bill.
A similar bill was tabled in the Senate on Tuesday, where it could become a bitter battle since the 60-vote threshold must be passed.
Now, however, the bill has the support of the White House. During his campaign, President Joe Biden said that passing the Equality Act would be one of his priorities in his first 100 days in office.
The bill expands protections against discrimination under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.