HR 5, also known as the Equality Act, would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. How apropos that this legislation came up on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOTB) and the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education SCOTUS decision.
After some contentious debate and a failed attempt by the Republicans to amend it and send it back to the House Judiciary Committee, it passed in the Democratically-controlled US House on a final 236-173 vote. 8 Republicans joined the 228 Democrats voting YES for the legislation. All of the 173 NO votes were Republican house members.
Keep that in mind equality voters when you vote for your Congressional candidates next year .
Thanks to all the House Democrats who supported this legislation. Huge thanks also to Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) for her mic drop level speech excoriating the Republican attempt to kill the bill
Unfortunately since the Republicans control the Senate, that means the bill will not be taken up by the Republican majority. That’s okay, you can punish then at the polls in 2020 for their lack of political vision.
But celebrate this win, and let’s begin tomorrow getting control of the Senate and the White House so we can make this the law of the land.