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Federal legislation in the House and Senate would extend discrimination protections to LGBT Americans.
Representative David N. Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) introduced the Equality Act of 2019 with 239 co-sponsors, all but two of them Democrats. Cicilline is homosexual.
“It is past time for the Equality Act to be written into law,” says Cicilline. “No American should ever be treated as less than equal in the eyes of the law. I’m looking forward to getting this bill through the House this spring. Senator McConnell should take it up without delay.”
Attorney Greg Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says everyone agrees that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.
“Our laws must respect the constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms that we have, and this Equality Act is a coercive sexual orientation and gender identity law,” Baylor continues. “It really undermines fairness and freedom.”
He adds that it also undermines the interests of parents who may not be on board with their children transitioning to the opposite gender by being given puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones.
“It violates the bodily privacy and safety of women, and it’s unfair to women who are competing in athletic competitions,” he warns. “There’s so much bad about this bill, it’s hard to know where to start.”
Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) and John Katko (R-New York) also co-sponsor the Equality Act of 2019, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.
The American Family Association says the Equality Act is basically an updated version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – and that it threatens religious liberty.