A historic bill was passed today by the US House of Representatives that would extend civil rights protections to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The bill was first passed by the House, led by Democrats, back in 2019, and it will now face significant changes ahead in the Senate. The Gay and Trans Equality Act was passed along party lines, with the support of all Democrats and just three Republican representatives.
President Biden promised during his campaign trail that the bill would be among his top legislative priorities during his 100 days in office. He once again declared his support in a statement after the bill was introduced by House Democrats:
“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”
However, the bill is opposed by many Republicans who fear that it could infringe upon religious objections, which means that the bill’s future in the Senate remains unclear.