House approves gender ‘Equality Act’ in 224-206 vote

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (L), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-MN), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) listen during a news conference ahead of the House vote on the Equality Act on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (L), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-MN), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) listen during a news conference ahead of the House vote on the Equality Act on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT – Thursday, February 25, 2021

The House passed the so-called Equality Act after heavy criticism from Republicans. On Thursday, the bill passed 224 to 206. Three Republicans sided with the Democrats.

The proposal equates biological gender to so-called “gender identity” among other provisions. Democrats have been pushing various versions of the Equality Act since 2015 as they’ve claimed it would protect LGBTQA+ rights. However, the House Freedom Caucus said the bill was a direct attack on women’s rights, women’s sports and religious freedom.

A sign posted outside US congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greenes, R-GA, office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 25, 2021, in escalation of anti-Equality Act attack. - The "Equality Act," which would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws "to extend anti-discrimination protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity". (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

A sign posted outside US congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greenes, R-GA, office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 25, 2021, in escalation of anti-Equality Act attack. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

 

“Mosques should be able to keep men and women separate how they choose because of their religious freedom, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said. “The Equality Act wipes that out. You see, no one is talking about all of the consequences that come with the Equality Act, but they’re very real. All you have to do is read the text to the bill, which the Democrats lie and tell you that it won’t destroy religious freedoms and it won’t destroy women’s rights. Media, I dare you to print the text.”

The Equality Act is headed to the Senate where it faces an uphill battle to get Republicans on board to pass it. 60 votes are needed for this type of legislation.

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