Three Republicans side with Dems in passing “the Equality Act” in 224-206 vote

Three Republicans sided with House Democrats to pass the “Equality Act” in a 224-206 vote.

The three Republicans were:

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)

John Katko (NY)

Tom Reed (NY)

According to NPR “the Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

However, per the NY Post “Republicans decried the bill for a variety of potential implications, including the possibility that biologically female student athletes could be at a disadvantage to transgender classmates.”

The bill would now need support from at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to move forward.

Republican Senator Susan Collins co-sponsored the bill and is expected to side with Democrats.