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.
“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 NadlerHouse passes bill to expedite financial disclosures from judges Unrequited rage: The demand for mob justice in the Rittenhouse trial Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Democrats prepare to grill oil execs MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday.
The bill, introduced by Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal House votes to censure Gosar and boot him from committees House to vote Wednesday to censure Gosar, remove him from committees MORE (D-R.I.), has more than 230 Democratic co-sponsors, along with GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickBottom line Lawmakers who bucked their parties on the T infrastructure bill Framing our future beyond the climate crisis MORE (Pa.) and John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoMcCarthy faces headaches from far-right House GOP Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist Lawmakers increasingly anxious about US efforts against Russian hackers 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 CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike 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.”