US House Passes The Equality Act

Headline Roundup February 24th, 2021

The House of Representatives voted 224-206 on Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a bill which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The act expands protections from discrimination based on sex to protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; it also expands on a 2020 Supreme Court ruling protecting some LGBTQ+ rights, including employment, education, housing, credit, jury service and other areas. The bill would cover federally funded programs and public accommodations, and also says it would trump the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which causes alarm for those concerned with religious liberty. The Democratic-led House had passed the measure before in 2019, but was killed by Senate Republicans. Currently, Democrats control both chambers of Congress, though the bill will likely meet resistance in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to overcome a legislative filibuster.

Coverage on all sides of the political spectrum provided speculation about the bill's chances of passing through the Senate, and highlighted the ideological clash between liberals who support the bill and conservatives concerned with religious freedom.

US House Passes The Equality Act

From the Left
2000

A divided House on Thursday narrowly passed a sprawling bill that would extend civil rights protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but the measure faced an uphill battle to enactment, with Republicans almost uniformly opposed.

The legislation, passed 224 to 206, almost entirely along party lines, stands little chance of drawing enough Republican support in the Senate to advance, at least in its current form. It was the second time the Democratic-led House had passed the measure, known as the Equality Act, which...

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From the Right
2000

The Democrat-controlled House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add sexual orientation and transgender status as protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The legislation, passed in a vote of 224-206, would amend federal civil rights laws to solidify protections for LGBTQ Americans in employment, education, housing, credit, jury service and other areas. President Biden has called the bill “a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”

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From the Center
2000

The US House of Representatives has passed sweeping legislation that prohibits LGBT discrimination, but it faces an unlikely future in the Senate.

The Equality Act was previously passed by the Democratic-led House in 2019, but was killed by Senate Republicans.

The debate has laid bare the ideological battle between liberals who support the act and conservatives who say it infringes on religious freedom.

The act expands on a 2020 Supreme Court ruling protecting some LGBT rights.

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