When President Biden took office, he promised that his administration would focus on passing the Equality Act, a radical sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) bill.
The House of Representatives has already passed the bill and it’s now headed to the Senate for a vote. “I…hope Congress can get to my desk the Equality Act to protect the rights of LGBTQ Americans,” Biden said during his recent State of the Union address. “To all the transgender Americans watching at home – especially the young people who are so brave—I want you to know that your president has your back.”
The Democratic party as well as many public figures in mainstream media are backing the bill. Even Taylor Swift made it a focal point of her MTV Music Video Awards performance in 2019.
But what many supporters of the bill won’t tell you is that if passed, the Equality Act would pave the way for dangerous policies which could undermine fairness and freedom.
Every person possesses inherent dignity and should be treated with respect. And our laws should reflect this, guaranteeing constitutional freedoms and equal rights for every American. But this is not what the Equality Act would do. In fact, it would do the exact opposite.
We know from experience that many SOGI laws and policies strip away opportunities from women that are promised to them by Title IX. Because the Equality Act would allow men who identify as female to compete in women’s sports, this would create an unfair playing field for women and girls in sports and education.
The bill would also violate women’s privacy by forcing them to share private spaces with men. In Alaska, for example, the city of Anchorage tried to use a SOGI law to force women’s shelters to allow men to sleep in their overnight shelter—next to many women who have experienced rape, trafficking, and abuse..
The Equality Act would also place religious freedom and free speech on the line in several ways. These include forcing faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to violate their beliefs and forcing people who willingly serve every customer to create or promote messages that violate their deeply held convictions. We saw this when local and state governments came after Jack Phillips, Barronelle Stutzman, and Blaine Adamson.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tolerance is a two-way street. People of faith who disagree with the beliefs of another person shouldn’t face punishment due to living out their conscience. This is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution and one the courts have repeatedly upheld. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated clearly, on more than one occasion, that the government must respect the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
We must protect freedom, both for ourselves and for those with whom we disagree. Otherwise, we risk the rights of every American.
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