The Equality Act continues to draw strong criticism and warnings from advocates of traditional and biblical values – and voters are being encouraged to get hold of their representatives on Capitol Hill and urge them to vigorously oppose it should it come to a vote.
Dr. James Dobson … Alliance Defending Freedom … Dr. Michael L. Brown … National Religious Broadcasters … American Family Association … Family Research Council – they've all clearly voiced their strong opposition to the legislation introduced on March 13 by Representative David N. Cicilline (D-Rhode Island). Those individuals and groups warn of its chilling effect on religious liberty, describe it as a "coercive sexual orientation and gender identity law," and say it would force public schools to conform to the LGBTQ agenda.
Cicilline, an open homosexual, introduced The Equality Act (H.R.5) with 239 co-sponsors, all but two of them Democrats. "It is past time for the Equality Act to be written into law," the lawmaker said earlier this year. "No American should ever be treated as less than equal in the eyes of the law. I'm looking forward to getting this bill through the House this spring. Senator McConnell should take it up without delay."
AFA Action, a Mississippi-based public advocacy group, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) asking him not to take up the bipartisan legislation should it be approved in the House.
AFA Action's Rob Chambers argues that H.R.5 brings anything but equality.
"The Equality Act is going to impact every person in the United States of America," Chambers tells OneNewsNow. "Second of all, the Equality Act will serve as a wrecking ball against the religious liberty of all Americans in the country."
Chambers continues: "Say someone believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, for example – or even if someone believes that biology is established at birth and is not changeable or is immutable. Then those people would be at odds with this law. So, for example if they own a business, they would have to allow men who think they're women into the women's restrooms."
Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) and John Katko (R-New York) also co-sponsor the Equality Act of 2019, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.
AFA Action is encouraging those who oppose The Equality Act to contact their member of Congress. "… Ask your representative where they stand on this particular issue," Chambers urges. "Don't just settle for I'm just looking at this and I'll get back with you."
After being introduced, the measure was referred to five House committees. The Senate version (S.788) has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.
Editor's Note: AFA Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.