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Vote Alert: Pass the so-called ‘Equality’ Act

Conservative Review

This vote was on one of the Democrats’ top priorities, the so-called “Equality” Act. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to equate sexual orientation and gender identity with race and sex under anti-discrimination laws. Proponents of the bill claim it will advance equality for gay and transgender Americans. In reality, it undermines the conscience rights of religious Americans and those who disagree with the sexual identity ideology of the Left.

The First Amendment guarantees Americans the rights of free expression and free association in how they do business. The Equality Act would trample on those rights, using the power of the federal government to force churches, businesses, public and private schools, and hospitals to recognize a person’s “chosen gender” instead of their “biological sex.” Catholic hospitals could be forced to perform sex-change surgeries. The safety of women and girls would be endangered by a provision of the law that explicitly 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.” Businesses that refuse to cater to same-sex marriage ceremonies for religious reasons would be charged with “discrimination” and punished.

Further, a principle of good lawmaking is that laws are clear and easily understood by all. The contradictory nature of “gender identity” precludes that principle. “Gender identity” is defined by the bill as “the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual.” “Mannerisms” and “other gender-related characteristics” are vague and undefined. How can a person’s appearance or mannerisms point to an individual’s gender identity when transgender activists deny that there are meaningful differences between men and women? Where does the concept of gender fluidity, where an individual can identify as a man sometimes and a woman at other times, based on how they feel at the moment, fit into this law? How can the law be clear on who is being discriminated against and what qualifies as discrimination when the very concept of gender, according to the Left, is a feeling? The law cannot answer these questions, and the government should not create a protected class of people based on feelings.

The House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act on May 17, 2019 at 12:12 PM in a roll call vote of 236 – 173.

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CR position: NO

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