Rep. John Katko one in all three Republicans to vote for Equality Act, LGBTQ rights invoice | Politics

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Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., speaks throughout a Home Committee on Homeland Safety assembly on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, 2020.

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U.S. Rep. John Katko was one in all three Republicans who joined with Home Democrats on Thursday to cross a invoice that will prohibit discrimination on the idea of gender identification, intercourse and sexual orientation. 

The Home authorized the Equality Act a 224-206 vote. One other New Yorker, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, was one of many different Republicans who voted for the invoice. U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican, additionally supported the laws. 

It is the second time Katko, R-Camillus, has break up with most of his occasion and voted for the Equality Act. In 2019, the Home handed the invoice with eight GOP votes. Katko not solely voted in favor of it on the Home flooring, however he signed on as a cosponsor. 

LGBTQ advocacy teams endorse the Equality Act as a result of it might develop protections together with gender identification, intercourse and sexual orientation as prohibited classes of discrimination or segregation, in accordance with the invoice’s abstract. It could prohibit discrimination in schooling, employment, federal funding, housing and public lodging. 

Opponents consider it is authorities outreach. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative group that opposes the Equality Act, urged three New York members who voted for the invoice in 2019 — Katko, Reed and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik — to “make a course correction” and vote towards the laws. Solely Stefanik modified her place. 

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