Mar 8, 2021
Equality Act, cosponsored by Rep. Price, passes House, still faces vote in Senate
On Feb. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which would officially extend equal protection to the LGBTQ+ community. In a 224-206 vote, the act incorporates sexual orientation and gender identity in the list of categories protected from discrimination in areas such as public accommodations and facilities, education, employment and housing.
The Equality Act modifies the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which officially terminated racial segregation in public spaces and outlawed employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion or nationality. But, two key types of discrimination were excluded from the original act – sexual orientation and gender identity.
The act also amends the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Jury Selection and Services Act to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from facing discrimination in housing, seeking credit from a bank and jury selection.