Attorney: Equality Act Unfair for People of Faith

26 Février, 2021, 17:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The act, if it is enacted into law, would modify many federal laws - including the Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Jury Selection and Services Act, and laws around federal government employment - to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"This bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all".

The bill would also enforce the increasingly stifling transgender orthodoxy, forcing places of public accommodation to allow biological males in women's restrooms and locker rooms in the name of fighting "discrimination".

Religious leaders are anxious about the Equality Act, which is expected to pass in the House, because it makes no provision for religious objections and some warn that it could outlaw standing up for traditional views on marriage.

"In a period of such polarization, where else do you have over 80% of support for a piece of legislation?" said Janson Wu, executive director of LGBT+ advocacy group GLAAD.

"This is a very risky bill and I strongly encourage you to write your representatives in Congress and the Senate, your governor, even your state legislators, and express your concern", Graham wrote.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he would use his powers as majority leader to put the bill on the floor and would dare Republicans to vote against it, though he declined to say when he would bring the legislation up in the Senate.

The bill is one of President Joe Biden's top legislative priorities that he wants passed in his first 100 days in office.

On the surface, the goal of the Equality Act (House Resolution 5) supposedly is to protect people from discrimination.

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Decades in the making, the Equality Act was passed in the Democratic-controlled lower chamber in a 224-206 vote.

"The Human Rights Campaign thanks the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership for its commitment to LGBTQ equality and advancing this legislation forward on behalf of all Americans", David added.

Gay and lesbian members of Congress spoke about how meaningful the bill is for them.

In announcing her support for the bill Wednesday, Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) noted that she is "the proud sister to a trans brother and a gender non-conforming sibling".

Swift, who began her career as a country music star before dominating pop, ended her long-held silence on political matters in 2018 and has since become outspoken in her support of LGBT rights.

Mr Cicilline challenged Republicans, "I hope you will bear in mind how your vote will be remembered years from now".

Opponents say the bill impinges on First Amendment rights, particularly free speech and religious liberty.

According to Breitbart, Catholic League president Bill Donohue called out the Biden Equality Act, saying that it will not only "promote the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law", but it would also "discriminate against people of faith". It is unlikely that nine Republicans will defect on a bill that would eviscerate religious freedom.

Rep. Marie Newman, D-Ill., whose office sits across from Greene's, put a transgender flag outside her office "so she can look at it every time she opens her door". "It's not even just respect, but take pride, take pride in our LGBTQ community".

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