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WASHINGTON - The Washington Blade reports that a Missouri congresswoman has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House calling on Congress to disapprove a bill affirmed by the D.C. City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools. 
 
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced the resolution on Tuesday. Reps. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) have signed on as co-sponsors to the resolution.
 
“By passing this act, the D.C. City Council has infringed on the fundamental right of religious freedom,” Hartzler said in a statement released on Wednesday. “No faith-based school should be forced to endorse, fund, or sponsor groups that do not share their beliefs.”
 
 
Hartzler was referring to the D.C. Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which was passed by the Council in December and signed by Bowser in January.
 
The legislation calls for repealing a provision in the D.C. Human Rights Act enacted by Congress in 1989 that exempts religious schools from having to comply with the Human Rights Act’s ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation.
 
The provision is known as the Armstrong Amendment, which was written and introduced by then Sen. William Armstrong (R-Colo.).
Hartzler introduced her resolution one day after a separate disapproval resolution was introduced seeking to kill the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which the city approved around the same time it approved the Human Rights Amendment Act.
 
The latter bill would ban employers from discriminating based on their personal reproductive health decisions, including a decision to have an abortion.
 
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) last month introduced identical disapproval resolutions targeting the same two D.C. bills.
Under congressional procedures for passing disapproval resolutions, both the House and Senate must pass and the president must sign such a resolution during a 30 legislative day congressional review period.
 
That period is expected to end on May 1.
 
 
UPDATE: 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.
 
 
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