Danielle Kurtzleben. The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also substantially expand the areas to which those discrimination protections apply. It's a bill that President Biden said on the campaign trail would be one of his top legislative priorities for the first days of his presidency. The House vote was largely along party lines, passing with the support of all Democrats and just three Republicans. The bill now goes to the Senate, where its fate is unclear.
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A few days before a conservative U. Supreme Court voted to enact the most sweeping legal protections for LGBT Americans in decades , a Republican congressman in Virginia lost his election after he officiated a same-sex wedding last year. Denver Riggleman in a party convention which local party officials set up in place of a primary , but it was the driving one. Which raises the question: How out of step with the nation is the Republican Party on same-sex rights? Before this ruling, in roughly half of states, you could be legally fired for being gay or transgender. But like the Republican voters in Virginia who ousted Riggleman in favor of social conservative Bob Good, there is an active wing of the Republican Party seeking to push back on the march toward expanding legal protections for gay Americans.
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Jason Rogers doesn't consider himself particularly politically involved. But he's voted in every presidential race since At the last minute, I went with Trump and have had no regrets since. It's not a huge concern for me.
Congressional Democrats introduced on Wednesday the Equality Act, a bill that would modify existing civil rights legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education, federal programs and credit. First introduced in , the Equality Act is a version of a bill introduced in In addition to adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the classes protected against discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of , the new bill specifies that it is illegal to discriminate against all protected classes in retail stores, emergency shelters, banks, transit and pharmacies, among other places. Residents of those states enjoy many of the Equality Act's protections, but those stop at state borders. An openly LGBTQ person driving from Colorado into Nebraska would find that their right to keep their job, to keep their home, and to freely engage in commerce evaporates as soon as they cross the state line.