Why We Must Not Allow the Equality Act To Become Law

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“Why We Must Not Allow the Equality Act To Become Law”

By Donna Garner

3.7.21

*COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  If passed, the Equality Act (1) would force schools, churches, and hospitals to accept the Biden administration’s beliefs and mandates that would threaten everyday speech where the public could be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns. (2) Boys would be allowed in girls’ locker rooms, men in women’s shelters, and men in women’s prisons. (3)  Schools would have to instruct young children that they can choose to be a boy or a girl (or neither or both).  (4)  Christian and religious ministries would be forced in all 50 states to hire people who are hostile to traditionall values. (5)  Healthcare professionals who pledge “to do no harm” would be forced to perform hormone-blocking treatments, cross-sex hormone treatments, and/or gender surgeries. (6)  College and university accreditations and/or student loans could be denied by the government based upon whether those educational institutions follow the Equality Act’s perverse regulations on dorms, sports, places of privacy, and teachings.  

PLEASE SEE ACTION STEPS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!

Now, let’s see why the LGBTQ community so badly wants the Equality Act to become federal law.


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3.4.21 – Rolling Stone

“Why the Equality Act Is So Important”

By Hannah Murphy

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/equality-act-congress-2021-lgbtq-rights-1136751/amp/

EXCERPTS FROM THIS PRO-LGBTQ ROLLING STONE ARTICLE:

…there are no federal laws that explicitly protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Twenty-one states have passed bills that affirm the rights of LGTBQ people. But for the remaining 29, in the last month and a half alone, they’ve introduced dozens of laws that undermine those rights — like the Alabama law that would make it illegal for doctors to provide transgender health care to minors, and the Oklahoma bill that legalizes “conversion therapy.” 

…The Equality Act — the only piece of federal legislation to explicitly affirm LGBTQ civil rights — could rectify that. Democratic Rep. David Cicilline has introduced the bill in every session since 2015, and it passed the House for the first time last year. But with a body-block from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the promise of a presidential veto, the bill stalled. With new leadership, it passed in the House last Thursday with a barely bipartisan majority… 

The federal stance on LGBTQ people is currently held together by a patchwork of executive orders and two Supreme Court decisions: Obergefell v. Hodges, which affirmed the right for same-sex couples to marry, and Bostock v. Clayton County, which determined that it was unconstitutional for LGBTQ people to be discriminated against in the workplace…

…Since the “bathroom bills” of 2016, states have continuously attacked trans people — and especially trans youth — with bills restricting their access to health care and athletics, and lifting bans on dangerous practices like “conversion therapy,” all of which contribute to the disproportionate rates of homelessness, depression, and suicide in the LGBTQ community. The Equality Act would render those attacks toothless. 

Making these changes through Congress — and making it law — would protect the LGBTQ community from the whiplash of the changing whims of future administrations. When the Obama administration instated sweeping protections for LGBTQ people, most of those changes were executive orders and so the Trump administration was able to unilaterally unravel them. “We need legislation passed through Congress so that our rights are enshrined in statute,” says David [Alphonso David, president of Human Rights Campaign].  “So if a new president comes into office in eight years, or four years or 20 years, that president wouldn’t have the ability to remove or undermine our rights.”

If the bill makes it to the Oval Office, Biden has promised to sign it in his first 100 days in office.

But to pass in the Senate, the bill needs yes votes from all 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans…

Last month, Sen. Mitt Romney — who has previously supported LGBTQ non-discrimination efforts — announced that he would not support the bill, due to the lack of “religious liberty protections,” derailing any plans to leverage his support, and leaving advocates without a clear path forward in the Republican Party…

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ACTION STEPS:

As Franklin Graham has requested, let’s contact our U. S. Senators and the White House every single day to let them know how strongly we feel that the Equality Act must not pass Congress. HR 5 (The Equality Act) is in the Senate right now after having passed the House 224 to 206 on 2.25.21.  

ALL ACTIONS – HR 5 (117th CONGRESS (2021 – 2022) — https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5/all-actions?overview=closed#tabs

2.25.21 – U. S. House Roll Call Vote HR 5 #39 – On Passage: 224 YEA, 206 NAY:   https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/202139

3.02.21 – Senate – Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 9

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