Another federal agency is sounding the alarm where no problem exists but there is suspicion the real problem is the government’s quiet but determined push to expand homosexual rights.
In a statement published last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it is cracking down on banks and other lenders that discriminate against clients based on sexual orientation, homosexuals and lesbians, and based on gender identity, people who identify as the opposite sex.
The statement cites a controversial ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia. That decision two years ago found the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination, applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.
"I don't think this issue, if it exists at all, is anywhere close to the degree with which proponents of LGBT policies would often claim," says Travis Weber of the Family Research Council.
Regarding the Bostock decision, which is itself a controversial one, Weber says the Consumer Protection bureau engaged in “legal activism” to take that decision and apply it to its oversight role.
“But that's par for the course,” he adds, “when it comes to progressives trying to impose social policies using the power of the federal government.”
In January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) similarly announced efforts to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. That announcement came after President Joe Biden issued the “Preventing and Combatting Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation” executive order.
What is really happening, Weber warns, is the Biden administration is putting the weight of the federal government behind passing The Equality Act and the Fairness for All Act, and who gets hurt by that in the end, he says, is religious liberty.