House Democrats Change 181-Year-Old Rule Banning Religious Headwear to Allow Election of First Two Female Muslim Members

WASHINGTON, DC – On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives, like Ilhan Omar (D-MN), leave with staff after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The U.S. House of Representatives, now controlled by a Democratic majority, has voted to end a 181-year-old rule banning religious headwear.

The House voted 234-197 on Thursday, The Hill reported, which comes in the wake of the election of its first two female Muslim members.

The newly revised rule still bans headwear of the nonreligious kind, and reads:

“During the session of the House, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not wear nonreligious headdress or a hat or remain by the Clerk’s desk during the call of the roll or the counting of ballots.”

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, along with Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, proposed the rule change in November. Omar became the first member of Congress to wear a religious headscarf on the floor last week, according to TIME.

Omar celebrated the rule change on Twitter by declaring that Congress is now “more inclusive for all.”

“I thank my colleagues for welcoming me, and I look forward to the day we lift the Muslim ban separating families all over the U.S. from their loved ones,” she added, referencing President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, was, meanwhile, sworn into Congress on a family-owned Quran.

“My swearing in on the Quran is about me showing that the American people are made up of diverse backgrounds and we all have love of justice and freedom,” Tlaib said last week.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov