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In case you missed it on Friday, the House passed a bill being called the Equality Act, designed to expand the Civil Rights Act so it would apply to LGBT individuals. The measure was supported by all Democrats and eight Republicans, and it applies to the same aspects of life as are already covered in the Civil Rights Act. Needless to say, there are some predictable snags awaiting this measure as it proceeds forward. (National Review)
House Democrats voted unanimously Friday in favor of legislation that would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as protected classes.
The bill, which passed 236–173 with the support of eight Republicans, would protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
Conservative critics of the legislation, however, argue that it would harm biological women by eliminating certain protections they currently enjoy, such as the right to compete against other biological women in sports. If signed into law, the Equality Act would require that public schools allow boys who identify as girls to compete in girls’ sports.
On the surface, this legislation shouldn’t be terribly remarkable or controversial beyond the basic flaw originally built into the Civil Rights Act. There never should have been a need for any legislation saying that you can’t discriminate against this or that demographic group. All we really needed to say was that all citizens are supposed to be treated equally under the law and be done with it.
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