US House passes legislation advocating for LGBTQ rights

US House passes legislation advocating for LGBTQ rights

"Today, I once again supported passage of the Equality Act, a bill that creates a uniform federal standard for preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity", Katko said, according to The Hill.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Orwellian Equality Act. Republican U.S. Reps. John Katko and Brian Fitzpatrick of NY and Pennsylvania are among those who also backed the bill. As the story notes, President Biden will sign it if it passes both chambers. Right now there are protective measures for sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination but only in some states.

For the Equality Act to become law, it must win 60 votes in the US Senate, where there is a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans. "This is an incredible step forward but now we need our Senate to follow suit!" "This is about pride", tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (L), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Tammy Baldwin represents. She represents Wisconsin.

The February 25 vote is the second time the House has passed the Equality Act; it was first approved in 2019.

Mr Cicilline challenged Republicans, "I hope you will bear in mind how your vote will be remembered years from now".

A similar version of the bill passed in 2019, but did not make it through Senate.

The 224-206 vote was largely along party lines, with just three Republicans throwing their support behind the bill. He said that 83% of Americans support anti-discrimination legislation for LGBTQs, and that 63% of Republican voters do as well.

"I'm proud that New York State recently enacted legislation to repeal the Walking While Trans Ban, but we must ensure that the LGBTQIA+ community has these protections and equal rights all throughout the country". It's about men who choose to discriminate against other people because they have the power to do so.

Gay and lesbian members of Congress spoke about how meaningful the bill is for them.

"The long arc of moral history took a sharp turn toward justice today, and I could not be prouder", Yarmuth said in a statement.

It's official: The LGBTQ Equality Act has successfully passed the United States House of Representatives.

While Americans oppose the idea that people would get kicked out of businesses for identifying as LGBT, laws like this one have enabled governments to force Christians to violate their consciences by lending their creative capacities to celebrating same-sex weddings.

Some conservatives and Republicans have expressed concerns that the legislation could infringe upon religious liberty or lead to inequality in athletic competitions if transgender women compete against cisgender women. "Also contact the White House at and let President Biden and this administration know how you feel".

The Log Cabin Republicans, on the other hand, opposes the bill.

Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene - one of the fiercest opponents of the bill - tried to halt passage of the legislation on the House floor.

Newman, whose Washington office is across the hall from Greene's, put up a transgender flag outside her door.

On Tuesday, freshman Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) delivered an emotional floor speech in which she mentioned her daughter, who she said came out to her as transgender years ago.

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