BREAKING: US House Approves LGBTQ Equality Act

Via press release from GLAAD:

“LGBTQ Americans are one step closer to being protected by federal law instead of living in a country where hard-working Americans in a majority of states can be fired from their jobs, denied housing opportunities, and turned away from other critical services – including access to health care – simply for being who they are. Fairness should never be a partisan political issue, and the Senate should pass this bill without delay,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD.

Ellis praised the leadership of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following the vote. “The Equality Act’s passage wouldn’t have been possible without Speaker Pelosi holding the gavel,” Ellis said. “Speaker Pelosi has made full LGBTQ equality under the law a cornerstone of her career, and her leadership today reminds us once more what a staunch ally she is.”

If signed into law, the Equality Act would update the existing Civil Rights Act of 1964 by ushering in across-the-board protections for Americans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This means protections in employment, housing, credit, education, and public accommodations would be guaranteed for LGBTQ Americans under this law.

The bill has virtually no chance of passage in the Senate. The battle will now be just to get McConnell to give it a hearing so we can get GOP hatred on the formal record.

The White House has said that Trump opposes the bill due to its “poison pill” elements, which are presumably its transgender protections.