The U.S. House of Representatives Pass an Equality Bill in Favor of the LGBTQ Community
It is no secret that the LGBTQ+ community has suffered tremendously at both the social and the political level all over the globe, including the United States. The tales of cases of inequality against the oppressed population are rampant which is why the Equality Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently came as a delirious shock to the community.
What is the Equality Act?
According to the Equality Act, the government ensures protection for the LGBTQ people and serves to protect them from the discrimination they face in society, at workplaces, and in politics.
How was the Bill Approved?
In regards to the votes, the Act was passed with a 224 to 216 vote, supported by the Democrats and three Republicans. Although the bill still needs approval from the House of Senate, the support shown by the House of Representatives is a major win. Sadly, the future of the bill is uncertain at the moment due to the narrow victory and experts deduce that we would need at least 10 Republicans on our side to get it implemented.
Republicans’ View on the Matter
According to the Republican David Cicilline, “The LGBTQ community has waited long enough. The time has come to extend the blessings of liberty and equality to all Americans, regardless of who they are or who they love.”
What does the President Have to Say About it?
President Joe Biden himself assured the community that he would not hesitate to sign the bill in the event of its approval from the House of Senate. Biden said, “Every person should be treated with dignity and respect and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all,”
Celebrity Support for the Bill
The show of support for the bill is not limited to the politicians but extends to Hollywood as well. Celebrities in showbiz from Taylor Swift to Demi Lovato to Misha Collins are vocal about their merriment at the news.
Taylor Swift excitedly tweeted “YYES!!! Fingers crossed and praying that the Senate will see trans and LGBTQ rights as basic human rights,” closely followed by Lovato who says ” YES YES YES! This is an incredible step forward but now we need our Senate to follow suit!! Follow @HRC @glaad @ACLU for updates and info on the Equality Act”
The Equality Act is a milestone for the LGBTQ community and is being rightfully celebrated as one. The act has struggled in 2019 under the rule of the Republican-controlled senate but the supporters are positive it would prevail this time. Either way, the journey to a just system for the LGBTQ+ community goes on with a major victory in the bag.