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On Thursday the Democratic-controlled House passed a sweeping new bill for LGBTQ people.
The bill is referred to as the Equality Act, and it expands protections for LGBTQ folks in housing, education and employment.
The final vote on the bill was 224-206.
Three Republicans joined Democrats and voted “yes” to pass the bill. They were GOP Reps. Tom Reed (N.Y.), John Katko (N.Y.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.).
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The House passed a bill on Thursday known as the Equality Act, which would enshrine legal protections for LGBTQ Americans by amending existing civil rights laws to prevent businesses and institutions from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill passed by a vote of 224 to 206, with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting “yes.”
“Every American deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. With today’s vote, the House has again affirmed that LGBTQ people should enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as all other Americans,” said Democratic Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who led the push for the bill.
While campaigning to become president, Biden said passing the Equality Act was one of his big priorities.
“Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all,” stated Biden.
The bill will likely face a difficult battle as it heads to the upper chamber.
In order to advance, 10 Republican Senators would need to join the Democrats and vote “yes.”
Overall Republicans are against the bill, with critics claiming the measures could infringe on religious liberties.
Other arguments from conservatives who are against the bill are that it could lead to tax-payer funded abortion. People are also concerned with its language allowing transgender women to participate in sports with women.