House Passes Equality Act Expanding LGBTQ Rights Amid GOP Concerns, Including Effects on Girls’ Sport

House Passes Equality Act Expanding LGBTQ Rights Amid GOP Concerns, Including Effects on Girls' Sport

The House voted on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a Democrat-backed bill intended to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill was adopted by a vote of 224 votes to 206 in favor of the parties. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the legislation.

“The LGBT community has waited long enough,” said Representative David Cicilline, DR.I., who is gay and co-sponsored the bill, before the vote. “The time has come to extend the blessings of freedom and equality to all Americans, whoever they are and who they love.”

THESE THREE REPUBLICIAN CHAMBERS JOIN DEMOCRATS IN ADOPTING THE EQUALITY LAW

The Equality Act updates existing civil rights and labor laws to strengthen protections for the LGBTQ community. The protections would apply to a wide range of categories ranging from education and housing to credit and other areas.

The Chamber approved the same measure in 2019, …

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