House panel approves bill providing LGBTQ employment, housing protections

House panel approves bill providing LGBTQ employment, housing protections
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The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment and housing.

The Equality Act was approved in a 22-10 party-line vote, setting the bill up for a potential floor vote.

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“The ability to have a job, to receive medical care or to rent a home should not depend on who someone is or where they live. And, it certainly should not depend on who they love,” Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday.

The bill, introduced by Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineHillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups Judiciary Democrat says small firms fear retaliation from big tech in antitrust probe Hope Hicks: Trump campaign felt 'relief' after WikiLeaks released damaging info about Hillary Clinton MORE (D-R.I.), has more than 230 Democratic co-sponsors, along with GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Addressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban MORE (Pa.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban MORE (N.Y.).

The measure prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system.

It also defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.

The Business Coalition for the Equality Act, which is made up of about 200 companies, has pushed the legislation, alongside the Human Rights Campaign.

Coalition members includes Adobe Systems, Airbnb, Amazon, American Airlines, AT&T, Bank of America, Bayer, Booz Allen, Citigroup, Citrix, Coca-Cola, CVS, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Google, Hilton, JP Morgan Chase, Lyft, Marriott, T-Mobile, Uber, Verizon, Visa, and Zillow.

The Heritage Foundation, however, has argued that the Equality Act would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms and force hospitals and insurers to provide and pay for therapy against any moral or medical objections.

They also said it would harm families by normalizing hormonal and surgical interventions for gender dysphoric children, lead to the erasure of women by dismantling sex-specific facilities and sports and affect faith-based charities.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions Judiciary chair: Hicks broke with Trump on accepting foreign dirt on opponents Democrats bristle as Hicks appears for daylong Capitol Hill testimony MORE (R-Ga.), the committee's ranking member, said the bill “marginalizes almost an endless spectrum of Americans” and is “legislation based in political theory, not scientific reality.”