The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Equality Act (HR 5) which would essentially amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In order to pass in the Senate, the bill would need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster. The Senate is expected to vote on the Equality Act in coming weeks.
The Equality Act does more than establish anti-discrimination protections. It undermines parental and conscience rights. The bill would nullify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 which was enacted to “ensure that interests in religious freedom are protected.”
There are several reasons the Equality Act is discriminatory. The biological definition of male and female will no longer apply as “gender identity” will be used to distinguish human sex. In the beginning God created two genders. “Male and female he created them” (Gen 1:28). Gender identity leading to “affirmation therapy” is destructive as it is contrary to who God created. As Pope Francis wisely stated, “biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated.” God created us equal but he also created us different. Biology confirms that men and women are not the same. Whatever happened to “follow the science?”
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The Equality Act is unconstitutional as it would force many Americans to violate their conscience. It changes the definition of “sex” to include, “pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.” This “pregnancy” clause directly discriminates against those of us who object to abortion on a religious basis.
The list goes on. It would force doctors to perform abortions and gender transition surgeries. It would force me as a taxpayer to fund abortions through Medicaid programs. It would force girls and women to compete against boys and men in sports and even share locker rooms. As Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said, the bill “would dangerously undermine the First Amendment and the freedoms it was designed to protect.”
The so-called ‘Equality Act’ would eradicate constitutionally protected rights by empowering the federal government to force business owners, medical professionals, parents, and all Americans to act in violation of their conscience. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution for this very reason - to protect us from unrestrained and out of control government.
The Equality Act is deceptively named. There is nothing ‘equalizing’ about killing innocent preborn children or confusing what it means to be male and female. The Bill of Rights already guarantees equal rights for all citizens. Is it right to establish rights to a small group of people while infringing on the rights of millions? And don’t we as a nation have more important work to do?
Ken Sims lives in Moorhead.
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