Equality is imperative in a civil society, but Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) apparently do not understand equality. They recently introduced a bill that is subversively entitled the “Equality Act” (S. 1858 and H.R. 3185). If allowed to pass, it would act as a supercharged version of the failed -- and likewise inaccurately titled -- Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
The entire purpose of the “Equality Act” (better titled the “Un-equality Act”) is to provide special privileges to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered by incorporating sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity into laws regarding employment, like ENDA would. But it doesn’t stop there. It would also encompass laws governing public accommodations, public facilities, public educational institutions, private employment, housing, credit, and jury selection. This “Un-equality Act” would change more than twenty-five provisions of the U.S. Code and would effectively require high schools to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms, strip elementary schools of the authority to dismiss a kindergarten teacher for transitioning from a male to a female during the course of the school year, and could force religious hospitals to provide sex-change operations and family-owned businesses to affirm such behavior.
Not only that, but this sweeping legislation specifically limits the ability of people who object to its requirements from seeking accommodations based on their religious beliefs in natural marriage. Thus, in the battle between special rights for homosexuals and freedom, the Equality Act strips conscientious objectors of their freedom and would, by law, require their compliance with the LGBT agenda.
Act now to ensure religious liberties are not trampled at the feet of liberal LGBT activists. Contact your Members of Congress today, and tell them to oppose the inaccurately-titled Equality Act. Call your Congressman and Senators at (202) 224-3121, or email them at the link below and ask them to call for a vote on this critical legislation today.
Family Research Council