Dems poised to push 'Equality Act' with cries of 'homophobia'

Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Transgender athlete Terry MillerCongress is expected to vote next week on legislation that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the 1964 Civil Rights Act but the push for “equality” by LGBT activists and their Capitol Hill allies is not what it seems.  

 "The word that comes to mind when I hear about the Equality Act would be the ‘Inequality Act,’” warns Monica Burke of The Heritage Foundation.

“Because while the bill purports to create equality for all people,” she tells OneNewsNow, “what it really does is forces people to act against their beliefs and really creates bad public policy.”

One such person is Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who was sued at the state level after refusing to design a wedding cake for two homosexual men.

In what was expected to be a landmark case, Phillips instead won a narrowly-defined U.S. Supreme Court case that left open his legal right as a Christian business owner to turn down a customer's request for a custom-made cake. 

Masterpiece Cakeshop (entrance)Still another issue is the legal right for transgender women --- biological men --- to shower and undress in the women’s locker rooms at the local gym or high school, or in more recent cases allowing biological men to compete and dominate women's sports over the protests of female athletes.

In the name of equality, some gyms and schools have angered women and teen girls by caving to the “right” of such men but The Equality Act would go much farther: turning a gym's private policy into a federal law backed with the power and scope of the historic Civil Rights Act. 

Yet those real-life scenarios are nowhere to be found on the website of the Human Rights Campaign, the homosexual lobbying group, which suggests that passing The Equality Act would ensure homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders can rent a home and serve on a jury without discrimination.

natural marriageU.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) introduced the Equality Act with 239 co-sponsors, all but two of them Democrats.

The controversial measure is expected to pass in the Democrat-controlled House but will face Republican opposition in the Senate, where the GOP will inevitably face accusations of “homophobia” and “discrimination” for opposing the measure.

Cicilline, who is homosexual, has said it’s “past time” for The Equality Act to become federal law.

“No American should ever be treated as less than equal in the eyes of the law,” he stated.

Chloie transgender CrossFitWhile it may sound reasonable to demand equality under the law, Burke says, the American public has witnessed how state-level, non-discrimination laws punish Christians who abide by their religious beliefs about marriage and human sexuality.

Phillips, in fact, allegedly violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who was sued by the ACLU, allegedly violated her state’s non-discrimination law and a consumer protection law.   

The power of claiming “discrimination” was demonstrated in Stutzman’s case, in fact, when her GoFundMe effort to help with legal expenses was shut down by the company due to the nature of her legal fight.  

"Republican Hate Kills" nutty banner"In practice this is in many ways a party line vote,” Burke says, “but I'd like to emphasize that really this ought to be a nonpartisan issue.”

It should be a nonpartisan, Burke adds, because Christian business owners, and girls and women in a female locker room, should not be forced to put their own freedom and safety aside in the name of tolerance as defined by LGBT activists and Democrats in Congress.

In addition to The Heritage Foundation, other organizations opposing The Equality Act include American Family Association, National Religious Broadcasters, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Family Research Council.

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