The Equality Act passed the House of Representatives Thursday with full Democratic support, but with only three Republicans signing on.
The bill enshrines LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labor and civil rights laws, a top priority for President Joe Biden.
The vote was 224 for the bill and 206 against.
Among the Republicans who bucked their party were Reps. John Katko and Tom Reed of New York and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, who had all voted in favor of the Equality Act before.
When the Equality Act passed the last Congress in May 2019, eight Republicans overall had joined their Democratic colleagues.
Two current members – Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York and Mario Díaz-Balart of Florida – switched their yes votes to no. Three other Republicans who had voted in the affirmative in 2019 are no longer in Congress.
The Equality Act amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics.
The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.
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Source: Daily Mail