House Passes Bill to Ban Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that makes it illegal to discriminate against a person based on sexual orientation or gender.

It’s called the Equality Act. 

The legislation would extend protections to employment, housing, education, and other areas.

It passed by a 236 to 173 vote.

Every Democrat in the house voted for it and they were joined by eight Republicans.

The 173 Republicans voting against the act, calling it another example of government overreach.

The legislation now heads to the senate, but it’s unlikely to see a vote there.