On Thursday, February 25, a floor vote is expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act. Because this bill would actually create unfairness instead of correcting it, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms calls upon members of New York’s congressional delegation to vote “no.”
Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following comments: “When the misnamed Equality Act passed the House in 2019, Republican Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Tom Reed (NY-23) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) joined every Democratic member of the House of Representatives from New York in voting for it. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms hopes that these members will make a course correction today. Real leaders—especially those who aspire to higher office—should be able to look beyond misleading sound bites and reject legislation that restricts individual liberty.”
McGuire continued, “Concerns about biological males competing against biological females in sporting events are well documented. If it became law, the Equality Act would limit athletic scholarship opportunities for girls and jeopardize fairness in girls’ sports. It isn’t only females that are treated unfairly under the Equality Act; though, it is also people of faith.”
“H.R. 5 is nothing short of a disaster. Under the guise of combating discrimination, this divisive bill would insert the federal government into hospitals, faith-based charities, homeless shelters, religious colleges, and businesses to oversee sensitive issues of sex and sexuality. Worse yet, it would be used to impose an abortion mandate on faith-based hospitals and medical professionals, negating important conscience protections. The Equality Act even goes so far as to specifically forbid religious individuals and organizations from claiming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense. Americans need members of Congress to fulfill their oath to support and defend the Constitution. Members who vote for this bill fail to do so,” McGuire concluded.