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House Sends Equality Act to Senate, Where GOP Could Block Its Passage

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/25/2021 Daniel Villarreal
text: On Thursday, House Democrats and three Republican representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that would grant widespread civil protections against LGBT discrimination. It now heads to the Senate where Republicans may block its passage into law. In this April 01, 2019 photo, protesters stand in support of the bill at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty On Thursday, House Democrats and three Republican representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that would grant widespread civil protections against LGBT discrimination. It now heads to the Senate where Republicans may block its passage into law. In this April 01, 2019 photo, protesters stand in support of the bill at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, House Democrats and three Republican representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that would grant national civil protections against LGBT discrimination. The bill now heads to the Senate where Republicans are expected to block its passage into law.

The House bill passed by a vote of 224-206. All but three GOP members voted against it. In the Senate, the bill needs 60 votes to pass. The threshold requires 10 Republicans to support it, but that's considered unlikely.

Republicans argue that the Equality Act is a threat to religious freedom that would force people of faith to do business with LGBT people, even if it conflicts with a person's sincerely held religious beliefs.


Video: How passing Equality Act would change the lives of LGBTQ Americans (NBC News)

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Other Republicans have said that expanding transgender rights will unfairly allow transgender girls and women into sports and social spaces traditionally reserved for cisgender females.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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