Fairness for all? Not really

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Capitol 3While a Republican member of the House continues to push a fairness act, critics of the bill say it doesn't actually provide fairness for anyone.

Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah) says the Fairness for All Act (H.R. 5331) aims to protect everyone's dignity in public spaces. According to Stewart, the bill harmonizes religious freedom and LGBT rights by amending the Civil Rights Act, protecting religious freedom in the workplace, protecting the rights of LGBT individuals, and preserving First Amendment rights.

"This legislation allows us to settle the legal questions and get back to the business of loving our neighbors," says Stewart in a statement on his website.

However, attorney Travis Weber of Family Research Council (FRC) tells the Washington Watch with Tony Perkins radio program that the name sounds great, but the bill does not match.

"It doesn't provide fairness for anyone," Weber asserts. "It tries to give the LGBT lobby what they want in terms of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) protections, but Barronelle Stutzman, for instance, is not protected by the current version of the Fairness for All Act."

Stutzman is a Washington-based florist mired in a legal battle over her religious objection to participating in a same-sex wedding. Stutzman believes in traditional marriage.

Weber

"On the flip side of this, the religious liberty protections that they try to give in the bill are inadequate," Weber continues. "They really restate protections which are already in law -- protections for religious institutions and churches to hire according to their faith, for example."

Weber is also concerned about what the Fairness for All Act would do with religious and public schools, as well as the foster and or adoption system.

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