A few days ago, the American LGBTQ community had reason to celebrate as the United States House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which extends protection to LGBTQ people from discrimination in public accommodations, the workplace, housing, and other settings. It took four years since the bill was first introduced in 2015 before a 236-173 vote led by Democrats finally ld to its passage in the House.
The Equality Act expands the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a number of other laws so that they all work together in banning discrimination in public places, schools, employment, finances, and housing on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
During her floor speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “No one should lose their job because of who they are or who they love. Today, and for all days, we say to all of our friends: We see you, we support you, we stand with you with pride. This is progress for America.”
However, a tougher battle awaits in the Senate, as it is controlled by Republicans generally opposed to expanding rights for members of the LGBTQ community. Commentators from the conservative side of the aisle have already claimed that the bill would result in “the nation’s downfall” and the “federal prosecution of Christians.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already lowered the possibility of the Equality Act passing the Senate, telling Buzzfeed News through a spokesperson that there are “no scheduling announcements regarding Senate action.”
If no vote is held in the Senate, the Equality Act is expected to die. Trump also opposed the bill, further bringing down its chances of getting passed.
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