On October 10, 2019, Democratic presidential hopefuls will hold a town hall meeting on LGBT issues.
In discussing the upcoming town hall, USA Today revealed that many Democratic candidates have come out in favor of the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5 – Cicilline). Under the Equality Act, so-called “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity would be unlawful in employment, housing, education, and public places. The Equality Act also states that “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.” Thus, the legislation would compromise both religious freedom (for Christian-owned businesses who wish to opt out of participating in same-sex ceremonies) and the privacy and safety of women, whose women-only space could be invaded by men with gender dysphoria who assert the “right” to access women’s locker rooms, rest rooms and changing areas. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act earlier this year, but no action has been taken on it by the Senate.
As of September 5, six Democratic candidates had confirmed their attendance at the town hall: Former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE); Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana (D-IN), former HUD Secretary Julián Castro (D-TX), U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). All six have stated their support for the Equality Act.
Please our Legislative Action Center today and write your Member of Congress to express your opposition to the Equality Act.