FILE - In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017 file photo, people with the Human Rights Campaign hold up "equality flags" during an event organized by Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., in support of transgender members of the military on Capitol Hill in Washington, after President Donald Trump said he wants transgender people barred from serving in the U.S. military. Congress will soon consider a comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination bill, but it could well be doomed by lack of Republican support. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Push for broader LGBT rights slowed by GOP's non-support

March 12, 2019 - 2:00 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Congress will soon consider a comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination bill, but it could well be doomed by lack of Republican support.

The LGBT rights movement's top legislative priority will be introduced on Wednesday.

The Equality Act would add gender identity and sexual orientation to existing federal nondiscrimination laws covering such realms as employment, housing, education, and public spaces and services.

Twenty mostly Democratic-run states already have comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, comparable to what the Equality Act would mandate nationally.

The other 30 states — where Republicans hold full or partial power — have balked at taking that step

That illustrates how the debate over LGBT rights is as polarized along partisan lines as those on abortion, climate change and other hot button issues.

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