Public warned of Equality Act's devastating impact on children, Christian liberties

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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Equality Act and DemocratsPresident Joe Biden and other Democrats are pushing controversial legislation known as the "Equality Act" – a measure some say has nothing to do with equality but would actually make discrimination the law of the land.

Emilie Kao, an attorney with The Heritage Foundation, has defended religions freedom for more than a decade. She tells One News Now that the Equality Act, should it become law, would impose a "sexual orthodoxy" on the entire nation.

"It would treat the belief that we are created male and female and that male and female are made for each other … as a sex stereotype," she warns. "And it would stigmatize religious believers and … discriminate against religious institutions."

Kao points to faith-based adoption and foster care as an example.

"[Those types of agencies] are in legal jeopardy because several states that have laws like the Equality Act have stopped working with faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that place children with a mom and a dad," she explains.


"That's got to have devastating effects on the 420,000 children who are in foster care right now waiting on a forever family. So, imposing these types of litmus tests on religious organizations only hurts the common good."

The Equality Act was introduced by Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) with support from the Congressional Equality Caucus – and it was praised recently by President Biden:

Biden: "I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.

"The Equality Act provides long overdue federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, locking in critical safeguards in our housing, education, public services, and lending systems – and codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law."

Kao urges Americans to become informed about the true nature of the Equality Act.

"One way for them to do that is to look at the new website,, [which] shows how the Equality Act violates the ten principles of the Promise to America's Children, a movement by lawmakers and citizens to unite around protecting children from this destructive gender identity ideology and politicized viewpoints about sexual orientation."

It's not just center-right individuals and groups opposed to the Equality Act. Women's Liberation Front (WOLF) has been urging people to write their legislators and tell them to vote no. AFA Action has taken similar action this week, explaining the legislation "has nothing to do with equality, but everything to do with punishing Christians' religious liberty."

A monumental step backward

Following are remarks from speakers at Wednesday's #EqualityActExposed Virtual Rally, hosted by Family Policy Alliance.

Natasha Chart of Women's Liberation Front (WoLF) said the Equality Act is another example of extremist isolation leading to bad ideas:

"WoLF conducted polling last year that shows large majorities of American voters support the Equality Act when it's just disguised as anti-discrimination legislation, probably most of them believing that it's the best way to help their fellow citizens. They have good motives, but the same polling showed that when you ask voters about the effects of erasing sex in the law, making all single-sex facilities mixed-sex, ending girls' sports, putting men in women's prisons and shelters, and shared gym showers, voters overwhelmingly disapproved."

Inez Stepman of Independent Women's Forum (IWF):

"What worries me most about this bill is that it erases women as a legal category. It's really terrible policy – and the name is just papering over the huge consequences, particularly for women and girls, of erasing sex as a legal category from our law."

Christiana Holcomb, an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) representing female athletes in a Connecticut case involving biological males being allowed to compete in women's sports, said the Equality Act would take the Connecticut policy nationwide:

"We really are looking at a situation where it could be the beginning of the end of women's sports in our country."

Andrew Beckwith, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, said he's been contacted by people concerned about their daughter being bumped off a team because a biological male "decided to identify as female" and took her roster spot:

"We tried to get these people to speak out and all of them were terrified of speaking publicly about it because the atmosphere is so hostile. [Under the Equality Act], you're not allowed to object; you're not allowed to point out that transgender women are actually biological anatomical males."

That's wrong, said Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri):

"The Equality Act is going to take away rights from parents, it's going to hurt women, it's going to hurt children, and it's a threat to our religious liberties."

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), author of the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act:

"Congress should not pass the Equality Act. Instead, Congress should protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of all Americans; and Congress should protect vulnerable women and children; and Congress should protect fair competition in sports, athletic events for women and girls."

"Under my bill, any recipient of federal funding that operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities and allows a biological male to participate in a girls or women's sporting event would be in violation of the statutory prohibitions contained in Title IX."

Craig DeRoche, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance:

"It's important that our country does talk about true equality. We have a long way to go to make sure that we reach the ideal of our Declaration of Independence, but the last thing we need to do is take this monumental step backward."

Editor's note: The remarks from the virtual rally were added after story was originally posted.

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