Specifically, the bill would change existing civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations, federal financial assistance, education, employment, housing, access to credit, and federal jury service.
Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair Representative Katherine Clark of MA poses with a rainbow flag on the House steps after the vote to pass the Equality Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass legislation U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger helped introduce to expand protections for LGBTQ people in Central Virginia and across the country.
The Residence of Representatives on Friday handed the Equality Act -- sweeping regulations that protects LGBTQ folk from discrimination in the office, housing, service, and public lodging.
Among the Illinois House delegation, votes were split along party lines, with all Democratic members voting in favor of H.B. 5.
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Televangelist Pat Robertson also said the United States would erupt into an "atomic war" if the bill was ever passed through the White House.
With 241 co-sponsors in the House, there was no doubt when the vote was scheduled on Friday the chamber would approve the legislation.
It's increasingly clear that the concerns addressed by the Equality Act will become one of many issues where the nation's direction is at stake in the 2020 congressional and presidential elections.
Co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, said the "LGBT community has waited almost 250 years" for such legislation to pass.
"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all", an administration official told NBC News. "However, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights". Advocates have tirelessly pushed for protections to be written into federal law, and the House's most recent vote means we're one step closer to this becoming reality. It would require that homeless shelters place biological men with vulnerable women and adoption agencies place children with same-sex couples, even if this violates their beliefs and the birth mother's wishes. "Arguments about transgender athletes participating in sports in accordance with their gender identity having competitive advantages have not been borne out", Nadler said at a April 2 hearing on the bill. Susan Collins of ME also supports the bill, while Democratic Sen.