House Passes Equality Act to Enhance LGBTQ Protection
The House voted between 224 and 206 on Thursday to pass the Gender Equality Act, which would expand federal protection for LGBTQ people by banning discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Why it matters: The bill was passed in the House of Representatives in May 2019, but never reached the Republican-controlled Senate under former President Trump. Democratic leaders believe there is a chance of getting the bill into effect this year with a 50:50 split in the Senate, but it is uncertain whether enough Republicans will support the bill to move forward.
Context: The bill would amend laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to explicitly take into account the protection of LGBTQ people.
- In contrast to its adoption in the House in 2019, the measure will now be implemented after Highest…