The so-called Equality Act isn’t about equality; it’s about supremacy.
The measure, which the U.S. House of Representatives just passed, would amend federal civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. Civil rights laws were created to protect people from discrimination based on immutable characteristics like race and sex, not sexual behavior and other factors individuals can control or change.
The bill, if it becomes law, will expand on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County. The court ruled 6-3 that firing someone for being homosexual or transgender is discrimination on the basis of sex under federal employment discrimination law. Defendants in such cases are barred from appealing to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Equality Act will result in the supremacy of homosexual “rights” over those of people with constitutionally protected religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle. These individuals would be stripped of rights of conscience. The law would also harm and endanger women and girls. Biological males would be allowed access to intimate areas for women like restrooms and locker rooms. The law would mark the end of women’s sports.
Three members of the GOP voted with Democrats in favor of this radical law: Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. John Katko, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. Eight GOP members voted for the 2019 version of the bill.
Rep. Mike Johnson, a Republican who voted against the bill, said in his floor speech that the Equality Act would undermine women’s rights, strip parental rights, and gut religious freedom. “It will open a Pandora’s box of a universal right to abortion. And that’s just to name a few.”
The Democrats’ so-called “Equality Act” is an unprecedented assault on the inalienable rights of every American.
This bill will undermine women’s rights, strip parental rights, gut religious freedom, and open a Pandora’s Box of a universal right to abortion.
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— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) February 25, 2021