GOP lawmakers are taking the GOP’s ongoing push to pass anti-LGBT legislation to its logical conclusion.
The new Republican-led Senate is expected to take up the “Protecting Students from Sexual Assault Act” on Wednesday.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, which will also allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
“This bill has been called ‘the most anti-gay piece of legislation in the history of the country,’ ” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.
“While the bill does not change existing law, it provides a safe haven for children to be protected from being bullied, harassed, and discriminated against in the workplace.”
The bill has received the backing of President Donald Trump, who told supporters last week that it is “just the beginning of the fight against the homosexual agenda.”
The bill is expected in the Senate on Wednesday evening.
The Senate voted 62-38 to advance the bill in March, according to the Washington Post.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R.-Texas, who led the charge to pass the bill with fellow senators and members of the religious right, said in March that he supports “the First Amendment to the Constitution, and all laws protecting our children.”
But many LGBT advocates said the measure is too sweeping and could lead to a constitutional showdown with the Trump administration.
Former Utah Gov.
Jon Huntsman, who backed the bill last year, said he was “appalled” by the bill’s passage, saying the GOP is pushing to “undermine all protections for LGBT kids.”
“The First Amendment protects the right of every American to exercise their religious beliefs and freedom to exercise that freedom,” he said.
“It does not protect the right to have children forced to do something they find objectionable.”