House approves gender 'Equality Act' in 224-206 vote

Ruben Fields
February 26, 2021

Anyway, after the bill passed, Republicans invoked an irritating procedural process to reconsider it, knowing that it would fail but it would also waste about 45 minutes to count another round of votes. Reps. John Katko, Tom Reed, and Brian Fitzpatrick voted with Democrats on this vote, and did so when the legislation passed in the House in 2019 as well. The bill will then extend Fair Housing and Civil Rights to the LGBTQ community in all U.S. states.

By a vote of 224 to 206, the House passed the Equality Act only six days after it was introduced on February 18.

"It doesn't ensure equality for our faculty, who would not be allowed to proclaim the truth about human dignity and sexuality", Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, said of the act.

The US House of Representatives has voted to pass the Equality Act, a landmark civil rights bill prohibiting discrimination against LGBT+ people in all 50 states.

The House voted this month to remove Greene from her two committee assignments because she has repeatedly espoused false and extremist claims, including the QAnon radicalized ideology.

Only three Republicans ended up voting for the bill, which will ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity when it comes to employment, education, housing, credit, jury service, and more.

More: The Equality Act with protections for LGBTQ Americans is up for a vote in the House.

Some conservatives and Republicans are concerned that the legislation could infringe upon religious liberty or lead to inequality in athletic competitions if transgender women compete against cisgender women.

The Supreme Court's ruling last June in the case Bostock v. Clay County extended workplace protections to LGBTQ Americans, but groups such as the National Women's Law Center say the legislation would codify the court's decision and create explicit federal protections for LGBTQ Americans beyond the workplace. "This bill enshrines equality, it enshrines equality for everyone - that's its objective". This means that all taxpayer funded organizations, including public schools, universities, and more, would need to make facilities, including bathrooms and locker rooms, available to transgender females or the school could be sued for discrimination.

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Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, told the Washington Blade that she would not co-sponsor the Senate bill - she was the only GOP co-sponsor in the previous Congress - saying that the bill's authors had failed to address her concerns.

"Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long", he said in a statement.

Republicans broadly opposed the legislation.

Rep. Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender, tweeted a video of herself placing a transgender flag outside her office. But some religious groups and social conservatives worry that the bill would force people to take actions that contradict their religious beliefs.

"We are equal by nature, and we ought to be equal by law".

"History is not kind to those who oppose or filibuster civil rights legislation and excuses won't pass muster with future generations", said Annise Parker, president of LGBTQ Victory Institute.

The bill has been widely supported by hundreds of companies, including some of the nation's largest employers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Next, the bill goes to the Senate.

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