U.S. House committee won’t consider resolution to kill D.C. LGBT students’ rights law

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee that oversees government affairs of the District of Columbia has decided not to consider a proposal to kill a measure banning discrimination against LGBT students attending private schools in the nation’s capitol.

The Washington Blade reports:

According to a statement released by D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee informed her on Friday that it would not consider a resolution of disapproval aimed at killing the D.C. Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014.

The statement says Norton “was pleased to receive confirmation” that the committee would not mark up the D.C. LGBT rights measure “at any point (during) this Congress.”

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The resolution was introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who said the law, signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, would infringe upon the religious rights of faith-based schools.

Under the District’s home rule charter, laws are subject to a congressional review of 30 legislative days before it becomes law.

Since resolutions of disapproval must be approved by both the House and Senate, the decision by the committee not to advance the resolution prevents it from going to the House floor for a full vote.

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