Bill in Legislature to Protect Political Ideology in Iowa Civil Rights Act

DES MOINES, Iowa - A proposal to add political ideology to the Iowa Civil Rights Act is moving through the Iowa House.

The bill would give political speech the same protections currently offered under age, race, color and religion.

It's supported by Republicans who say the bill is necessary to push back against the "cancel culture" of social media companies that censor differing viewpoints.

The bill is set to be heard in a House committee.

The Iowa Civil Rights Act identifies age, race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, marital status and familial status as protected classes.

The act prohibits workplace discrimination as well discrimination in public accommodations, housing, education and credit practices based on characteristics of a person.

The term "cancel culture" has become popular in conservative circles as a description of a movement to suppress their political views.

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