The House of Representatives has passed a landmark LGBTQ+ rights bill that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
So, what exactly does this mean? Here’s the full story…
Now, this kind of news is a major milestone.
Although it shouldn’t have taken this long.
We are finally yet another step closer to ensuring everyone is treated equally by law.
For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been wrongfully discriminated against, meaning that people who identify in such a way haven’t felt the confidence to come out and embrace their true selves.
But, as the years have trickled by…
The fight for acceptance and equality has grown.
Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights…
And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.
We’ve come a long way.
Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women…
And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.
Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community’s fight for equality.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked “for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Fast forward 6 years, and the community is thriving…
So much so that it is bigger than ever before.
In fact, according to a recent poll…
A record number of Americans identify as LGBTQ+.
And now, there’s another major milestone for the community.
As yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act and the news has been applauded online…
The passing of the Equality Act should stop discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in numerous areas such as employment, housing, education, public accommodations, credit, and jury service.
It amends the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 which did not include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and identity.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I, introduced the bill and said on the House floor: “The LGBTQ community has waited long enough.”
“The time has come to extend the blessings of liberty and equality to all Americans, regardless of who they are or who they love.”
The bill received a vote of 224-206 with just 3 Republicans supporting.
It also has the support of the White House.
During Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, he said the passage of the Equality Act would be a priority in his first one-hundred days in office.
As per NBC News, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement: “Today’s vote is a major milestone for equality bringing us closer to ensuring that every person is treated equally under the law.”
“Now, the ball is in the Senate’s court to pass the Equality Act and finally allow LGBTQ Americans the ability to live their lives free from discrimination.”
The bill now faces uncertainty as it faces the evenly divided Senate, where Democrats will need sixty votes to break a filibuster on the legislation.
A step in the right direction!
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