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House Passes Equality Act to Protect LGBTQ Americans against Discrimination

2021-03-09

The Bill bans discrimination in employment, housing, education, and in federally funded programs

In a 224-206 vote the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5 - Equality Act to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The bill bans discrimination in employment, housing, education, and in federally funded programs.  It would also expand Title VII to cover public accommodations and websites.

Three Republicans crossed party lines to endorse the bill.  The Act may have an uphill battle without additional Republican support to pass through the Senate.  Most Republicans oppose the bill due to its perceived infringement on religious freedom, stating that the bill fails to clarify that “places of accommodation” do not include places of worship. 

The Equality Act would amend federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act.  Even though President Biden signed the Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ employment protections, many human rights organizations feel that a change in the federal law is needed. 

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