In a victory for common sense and decency, several Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have withdrawn their support from the misleadingly-named Fairness for All Act.
The Fairness for All Act (H.R. 1440) is a Republican-sponsored pro-LGBT bill that has been marketed as a compromise measure. According to its advocates, the bill would offer needed legal protections for persons based on sexuality and gender identity, but would also protect religious liberty. The problem is that the bill’s so-called legal protections would infringe upon Americans’ freedoms, and its religious liberty protections are totally inadequate. While the bill is not as extreme and dangerous as the Democrat-supported Equality Act, it would still add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories under federal civil rights laws; this, in turn, would force employers and places of public accommodation across the country to allow “transgendered” behavior.
In early February, National Review reported that two New York Republicans, Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY21) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY22), had removed themselves as sponsors of the Fairness for All Act, as had Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-New Jersey). Then, on February 28, 2022, Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY27) also withdrew his support from the Fairness for All Act. National Review noted that Stefanik “‘was likely the most prominent cosponsor’” of the Fairness for All Act, and that her withdrawal of support had dealt “‘another heavy blow to the proposed legislation’s already-beleaguered cause.’”
National Review opined that the political environment is changing in regard to “transgender” issues as the public sees more examples of the consequences of “transgender” ideology in women’s sports and in female-only spaces; also, censorship efforts by “transgender” advocates and increasing pushback by conservatives may be making support for “transgender” issues less palatable.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms thanks Reps. Stefanik, Tenney, and Jacobs for withdrawing their support from the Fairness for All Act. As Ryan Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center noted, “‘The so-called “Fairness for All” Act has never been about fairness. Attaching religious-liberty protections to bad legislation doesn’t turn it into good legislation.’” NYCF respectfully encourages Reps. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY2), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY11), and Tom Reed (R-NY23) to follow their colleagues’ example by withdrawing their support from this wrong-headed bill.