LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bill Passes House

LGBTQ Anti-Discrimination Bill Passes House

The bill would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

By REBECCA RAINEY | 05/17/2019 01:03 PM EDT | Updated 05/17/2019 01:32 PM EDT

The House passed a bill Friday, 236-173, extending federal anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans.

The Equality Act, sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment, credit, and federally funded programs, among other areas.

Every single House Democrat present voted for the bill, withstanding GOP efforts to put caucus moderates on the record to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination in federally funded education programs, which, some GOP members argued, might affect sports programs. Seven Democrats did not vote.

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