LGBT Student Protections Amendment Fails in Senate

An LGBT-specific amendment to the proposed Every Child Achieves Act failed in the U.S. Senate, only receiving 52 of the 60 votes needed to pass. The amendment would have forbidden discrimination against actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, as well as enforced consequences for officials that ignored harassing or bullying behavior.

Although the measure failed to pass, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, who authored the bill under the title the Student Non Discrimination Act remains optimistic.

“Today, a majority of U.S. Senators recognized this truth by voting to end bullying against LGBT students," Polis said in a statement. "While it didn’t receive the 60 votes necessary for passage, this represents a giant step forward in our effort to make sure LGBT students have a safe and welcoming place to learn.”

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