In response to the Equality Act’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has introduced H.R. 1440, the Fairness for All Act (FFA). FFA is intended to be a grand “harmonizing” compromise. It seeks to find a resolution to the firestorm of litigation and controversy surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). However, despite its supporters’ earnest efforts, FFA is an ill-advised and poorly drafted bill that does not achieve its goal. In fact, it further complicates the issue, invites litigation, and—in failing to adequately address the many concerns that most Americans have with the Equality Act—can properly be called “Equality Act-Lite.” While its (quite minimal) religious liberty protections and neutrality on abortion make it an improvement over the Equality Act, FFA does not adequately protect religious liberty or, for that matter, women’s rights, women’s privacy, women’s safety, children, parental rights, the medical profession, or even the LGBT community.
Read a Comparison of the Equality Act vs. Fairness for All Act