The Inequality of the “Equality Act” of 2019By Mary Beth Waddell Senior Legislative Assistant
The “Equality Act” is legislation that would massively overhaul our federal civil rights framework in order to mandate special privileges in the private sector for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). It would add these SOGI categories alongside characteristics in civil rights statutes that are innate, inborn, involuntary, and immutable, such as age, race, national origin, or protected under the Constitution, such as religion.
If passed, the “Equality Act” would mandate government-imposed unfairness by requiring acceptance of a particular ideology about sexual ethics.
Its stated goal is equality, but its actual result is harm to vast numbers of communities and individuals, including those it purports to protect. These victims include: family-owned businesses (and thus the economy), women and girls, teachers and students, the medical community (and thus the individuals who this bill purports to help), and Americans as a whole because this bill undercuts our foundational freedom of religion.