Three House Republicans broke with their colleagues Thursday and supported the Equality Act, which conservatives have described as an assault on religious freedom.
Representatives Tom Reed, RN.Y., John Katko, RN.Y. and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., joined the more than 200 Democrats who oppose the legislation. In total, the bill passed with a vote of 224-206.
The controversial legislation is expected to struggle to make its way through the Senate, though the White House has vowed to sign it if it can.
HOUSE APPROVES THE LAW OF EQUALITY
“Today, I once again supported the passage of the Equality Act, a bill that creates a uniform federal standard to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” Katko said, according to The Hill.
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The bill seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Jury Selection and Services Act.
“We strongly oppose discrimination in any form. During my tenure in Congress, we have fought to ensure that everyone is treated fairly under the law, regardless of gender or sexual orientation,” Katko said.