Equality Act approved by House committee with no support from Republicans


The bill, which would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination across the US, was signed off by the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on May 1st by a 22-10 vote, all lawmakers voting in favor were Democrats. It means that the bill is tipped for approval by the Democrat-controlled House, but is unlikely to pass through the Republican-controlled Senate without the backing of GOP Senators. The bill’s sponsor Rep. David Cicilline, one of just eight out LGBT+ lawmakers in the House, said that tolerance and equality are those values which are extremely important for every American citizen., and this bill will protect these values. “Equal treatment under the law is a founding principle of America and it’s absurd that, in 2019, members of the LGBTQ community can be fired from their jobs, denied service in a restaurant or get thrown out of their apartment because of their sexual orientation or gender identify,” he said, “It’s very disappointing that, in 2019, most of my Republican colleagues are standing on the wrong side of history. This bill to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community is long overdue.”


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