In 2019, the “Equality Act” passed the House of Representatives but was stopped in the Senate. Today, in 2021, it passed the House again, with three so-called ‘Republicans’ voting for it. This time remains a question whether the Senate can stop it. The Act literally destroys sports for girls (Title IX), adherence to biological science for genders, privacy in bathrooms for girls, destroys the First Amendment on its way, especially religious freedom. There is nothing “equal” about the “Equality act.”
Reps. John Katko (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) voted with the Democrats on this bill. They are clueless about the ramifications of this legislation and should step down. Apparently, the word “equality” buffaloed them.
The Equality Act is legislative malpractice that turns equality on its head. It isn’t drafted as a shield to protect vulnerable minorities from unjust discrimination, but as a sword to persecute those who do not embrace new sexual and gender ideologies. https://t.co/YSWJpB6R7m
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) February 19, 2021
This is a political steamroller with liberal Democrats in charge. That is a strong statement, but it’s the truth. If you stand against transgender people in the bathrooms or girls/women’s sports based on your faith, you will be sued. Gender identity will supersede the science of biological male and female.
The bill allows the term gender identity in place of scientific truth. It removes the right to privacy by mandating that trangenders be allowed in public restrooms based on gender identity. It effectively ends the Federal recognition of scientific genders, which ultimately would re-write civil rights laws to include new protected classes.
An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.
HR 5– The Equality Act passed the House
Anyone who disagrees with “gender identity” is guilty of discrimination.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation includes discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived romantic, emotional, physical, or sexual attraction to other persons, or lack thereof, on the basis of gender. LGBTQ people, including gender nonbinary people, also commonly experience discrimination because of sex-based stereotypes. Many people are subjected to discrimination because of others’ perceptions or beliefs regarding their sexual orientation. Even if these perceptions are incorrect, the identity imputed by others forms the basis of discrimination.
The Act destroys Title IX, allowing biological males to compete against women and girls in sports – the very thing that Title IX was supposed to prevent. When several Connecticut girls filed a lawsuit against the state over transgender people in sports, the DOJ under Trump stood with them. That stance has been removed, and the girls no longer have DOJ backing.
The Equality Act could lead to changes in school curricula, such as texts that affirm and promote controversial sexual orientation and gender identity viewpoints.
The Equality Act could also be used to override states that have prohibited sexual orientation and gender identity curricula. Where states have conversely mandated sexual orientation and gender identity curricula, parents and schools do not have access to “opt-out” options…
…If the Equality Act were to become federal law and public school curricula become further entwined with sexual orientation and gender identity ideology, Planned Parenthood is well-positioned to further its presence in public schools and take advantage of an additional avenue to promote both sexual orientation and gender identity ideology as well as the organization’s hormone treatment services.
The Equality Act would remove children from parents who refuse to have their children undergo transgender medical procedures. Such cases have already occurred but would become more common under a federal mandate.
The Equality Act EXEMPTS itself from the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It also specifically says that belief in a traditional marriage constitutes discrimination against a same-sex couple. This means that faith-based organizations that have served their communities for years might have to fold or adopt abhorrent rules. It is an unprecedented assault against Christianity, according to numerous Catholic bishops.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title. HR 5 Equality Act passed the House
The Equality Act also calls pregnancy a form of discrimination – which throws some recent Supreme Court rulings under the bus. The Sisters of the Poor were released from them and to provide abortion drugs to women by virtue of a Supreme Court ruling. This act calls the refusal to grant abortions discrimination.
Discrimination can occur on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition of an individual, as well as because of sex-based stereotypes. Each of these factors alone can serve as the basis for discrimination, and each is a form of sex discrimination.–HR 5
Contact your Senators and demand they vote against this bill.
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