The House of Representatives passed a sweeping piece of legislation earlier this week known as the Equality Act. The bill, voted for by all Democratic members of the House and three Republicans, would change current civil rights laws “to include sexual orientation and gender identity” and covers areas including housing, employment, and education. The bill explicitly states that is would override protections guaranteed under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act – which “ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.” In order to become law, the bill must now pass through the Senate, which has a slight Democratic majority. It would need a 60-person vote in order to pass.
The Right strongly opposes the act. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated, “We are witnessing the greatest assault on religious freedom, biological reality, and parental rights ever seen in the U.S. Congress.” Charlie Kirk called it “one of the most dangerous bills written in the last 100 years.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), referring to the issue of biological males competing as females in sporting events, stated, “A major reason I OPPOSE the so-called ‘Equality’ Act. We must protect our girls and women in sports.” Blaze Media staff writer Chris Pandolfo argued “that the language of the bill would make mainstream traditional beliefs about marriage, biological facts about sex differences, and religious convictions on these issues punishable under the law.”
“Rather than finding common-sense, narrowly tailored ways to shield LGBT-identifying Americans from truly unjust discrimination, the bill would act as a sword — to persecute those who don’t embrace newfangled gender ideologies.”Ryan T. Anderson, President of Ethics and Public Policy Center
The Heritage Foundation noted that faith-based adoption agencies would be forced to facilitate adoptions which go agains their belief “that every child deserves both a mother and a father” – something which they were previously protected from. It was also noted that doctors who refuse to perform abortions or sex reassignment surgeries would be “liable to discrimination claims” under the new legislation.
The Equality Act:— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 25, 2021
—Lets men into girls locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms
—Kills women’s sports
—Forces churches to adopt false doctrine
This is the most dangerous attack on Christianity in US history
But at least our president doesn’t send “mean tweets” anymore, right?
The Left strongly supports the act and criticizes the Right for what they believe to be their “opposition to equality” and “attempt to roll back the rights of LGBTQ Americans.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised the bill’s passage through the house and tweeted, “Now let’s pass it in the Senate and make it law.” Singer Demi Lovato called it “an incredible step forward.” Rep. Marie Newman stated, “Today, love and progress triumphed over bullying and hate.”
“How can anyone oppose the Equality Act? It bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identification. Why would anyone support the right to discriminate? Who is harmed by someone loving someone of the same sex or identifying as other than their biology at birth?”Stan Van Gundy, Head Coach of New Orleans Pelicans
“Three Republicans voted for the Equality Act. Three. 206 Republicans voted against it,” scolded journalist and filmmaker Steven Beschloss. President Biden stated, “Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long” and said the bill will codify “the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law.”