The so-called Equality Act is expected to receive a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
The Equality Act is a deeply misleading piece of legislation. On its surface, the bill looks like an anti-discrimination measure; it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as anti-discrimination categories under federal law. However, that is not all the Equality Act would do.
Here’s what the Equality Act really stands for:
- Allowing government entities—as well as many privately owned establishments—to be sued for discrimination based upon “gender identity” if they do not allow biological males identifying as “transgender” to use opposite-sex facilities;
- Allowing nonprofit groups that accept federal funding—including Christian colleges and some Christian charities—to be sued for discrimination if they decline to allow homosexual behavior and transgenderism;
- Allowing homeless shelters to be sued for discrimination if they do not allow biological males that identify as “transgender” to access single-sex residential facilities;
- Allowing some doctors and hospitals to be sued for discrimination if they decline to provide puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and so-called “sex reassignment” surgeries;
- Allowing some doctors and hospitals to be sued for discrimination based on a pregnancy-related condition if they decline to provide abortions; and
- Barring anyone from using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as a defense to the types of claims described above.
To put it simply, the Equality Act is about expanding federal power, co-opting civil rights legislation for use by LGBT activists, imposing an extreme and wholly unscientific view of sex and sexuality upon Americans in many areas of society, and refusing to offer any form of conscience protection for persons of faith that would be affected by its provisions.
Does this sound like equality to you?
On May 17, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives first voted, 236-173-23, to pass the so-called Equality Act (H.R.5–Cicilline). Every Democratic member of New York’s congressional delegation, along with Republican Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Tom Reed (NY-23) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21), voted in favor of H.R.5. The measure never advanced in the U.S. Senate, though Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have indicated support.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms hopes that these members will reconsider their position and offer a course correction when the bill comes to the floor in 2021.