Underwood and Kinzinger

(Left to right) Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon)(U.S. House of Representatives photos; file photos)

Fourteenth District Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood is praising the passage of the Equality Act. The act amends federal civil rights codes to explicitly ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, education, and more.

Underwood says every American deserves to live free from the fear of discrimination. She says the passage of the Equality Act is long overdue.

Meanwhile, Republican Sixteenth District Congressman Adam Kinzinger voted against the act. In a statement, Kinzinger says that LGBTQ  Americans do need protections in the law. However, he says the act passed in the House has concerning overreach in regards to religious liberties.

Kinzinger says the legislation was passed without Republican input and says he would consider voting for it if a compromise can be reached in the Senate.

The bill was passed in the House on Thursday with a vote of 224 to 206. Only three Republicans voted in support of the bill.