LGBT Student Measure Falls Short
In the Senate, you need 60 votes for a measure to pass, meaning you can have a majority vote and still see a provision fail.
Unfortunately for the LGBT community, as well as anyone close to members of the LGBT community, this age-old Senate rule means that the first LGBT-Related measure before Congress since the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality failed in the Senate on a 52-45 vote in it’s favor.
Senator Al Franken introduced an amendment based on the Student Non-Discrimination Act as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, which was a Republican version of legislation that would reauthorize the Education & Secondary Education Act.
The Student Non-Discrimination Act would have prohibited public schools from discriminating against a student due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Currently, schools aren’t prohibiting this. Currently, schools are allowing bullying against these students.
Franken’s law would change very little but a few words in legislation, a few words that would have a huge impact on the LGBT community.
“Right now, there are federal laws on the books to protect kids against discrimination or harassment based on things like gender, race, national origin, and disability”, Franken said. “My measure simply would have extended those protections to LGBT kids”.