“When Trump is dead,” there’s no greater compliment than a lifetime achievement award for America, the gay community’s chief advocate for equality.
But the President’s legacy may be slipping away.
On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would allow businesses and others to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, and it was blocked by Republicans in the House, who claimed the measure was “anti-LGBTQ.”
The bill now goes to the House and Senate, and a final vote is expected before the end of the month.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a cliffhanger,” said Tom Smith, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“It’s still very unclear how far it’s going.
Will the President sign it?
Will it be vetoed?
Will the bill be voted down?”
The GOP bill passed with a vote of 72-28 in the Senate, with six Republicans voting against the bill, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who described it as “an anti-LGBT bill.”
It was also defeated by a vote by Republicans who voted against the measure, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn.
The GOP’s failure to advance the bill in the senate has left the LGBT community with little hope that it will pass.
“This is a historic moment, and we need to seize this moment and move forward,” said Mara Keisling, executive vice president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group.
But for the LGBTQ community, the vote was a “huge win,” Keisler said.
“A vote like this can mean the difference between a lifetime of work and being able to get married and having a partner.”
In addition to the legislation that passed in the US Senate, two bills are pending in the statehouses.
The first bill would allow people to refuse service to anyone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The second would allow states to ban discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity and national origin.
“This is about what the LGBTQ movement has been fighting for,” said the Rev. William Barber, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in North Carolina.
“People should not have to live with the consequences of discrimination.”
The first measure was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican from Illinois.
The bill is called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
It would allow state and local governments to refuse to provide services to people based upon a person’s religious beliefs.
The bill would also bar the federal government from making “substantial, nondiscriminatory” payments to entities that violate the federal Equal Access Act, a law enacted in the 1990s to protect LGBT people and the LGBT rights movement.
It would also create a $10 billion fund to fight discrimination against LGBT people.
The House bill would require that all state-funded programs be open to all people, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The measure would require states to establish protections for LGBT people, including sexual orientation and gender identity, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has been the lead sponsor of the Religious Liberty Restoration Act since the end, said Keislin.
The U.K. has also passed a similar bill.
It is the Equality Act, which would require businesses to treat all customers equally, including gay and lesbian people.
is the last place in the world to have a bill like this in the United States,” Barber said.
Bishop said that while he supports LGBT rights, he has been opposed to this legislation because he believes it could be used to discriminate.
“We’re a nation of laws,” Bishop said.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can do to change that.
If I can’t make a decision for my family, my daughter, for my son, I don’t feel like I can make a choice for my neighbor.”