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Equality Act Passes in U.S. House

The U.S. House, controlled by Democrats, passed the Equality Act by a vote of 236-173.

“This is an all-out assault on parental rights, on the family, and on the millions of people of faith in this country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an emailed press statement released shortly after today’s passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The act now heads to the U.S. Senate, and if signed into law, would change the 1965 Civil Rights Act by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes. Since there is no religious objection exemption for these two new categories, religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. It would change the landscape of public, multi-person spaces like restrooms and locker rooms, as well as team sports and sex education programs in our public schools in order to make way for “transgendered” individuals.

This is how your Tennessee congressmen voted today: Voting against the bill were Republicans David “Phil” Roe of District 1, “Chuck” Fleischmann of District 3, Republican Scott DesJarlais of District 4, John Rose of District 6, Republican Mark Green of District 7, and Republican David Kustoff of District 8. Republican Tim Burchett of District 2 did not vote. Voting for the bill were Democrats Jim Cooper of District 5 and Steve Cohen of District 9.

If you are concerned about this act and want to make your voice heard, contact your U.S. senator.

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Equality Act Heads to U.S. House for Floor Vote

Nancy Pelosi’s misnamed Equality Act (H.R. 5) heads to the U.S. House floor for a vote, probably on May 17. With 240 co-sponsors, the bill has a lot of support.

The bill purports to eliminate “discrimination” against those who identify as within the LGBT category of human beings by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently protects immutable characteristics—race, biological sex, color, and national origin, and religion consistent with the First Amendment.

However, there would be no religious objection exemption for these two new categories. This means that religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. Beyond that, if the Equality Act passes, we will likely see men who self-identify as women being allowed to unfairly compete with women in team sports and use the same locker room and bathroom facilities as females, regardless of any invasion of privacy or safety concerns. And, of course, sex education curriculum in our public schools would change to completely normalize perverse sexual practices across all states in the nation.

“Codifying LGBT ideology into a civil right would take away fundamental freedoms from those who don’t conform. That’s not equality; it’s injustice,” said Emilie Kao of the Washington Examiner.

If you are concerned about this bill, our friends at Family Policy Alliance suggest you contact your member of Congress.

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Pro-Life Leaders in U.S. House Continue to Push to Protect Babies

Pro-life legislators led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) are still trying to force a floor vote to protect unborn babies in the Democrat-controlled House.

Through a discharge petition, these U.S. House leaders are trying to push for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 962, which would criminalize infanticide by preventing abortionists from killing or neglecting babies who survive an abortion and would ensure that those babies receive the same care as any other baby. Abortionists who kill born-alive babies could face fines and up to five years in prison.

Thus far, Democrats have blocked Republicans 27 times in the U.S. House from taking a vote on the born-alive bill. The discharge petition needs 218 signatures to bypass Speaker Nancy Pelosi and bring the bill to the floor, meaning all Republicans and 21 Democrats would have to sign it.

“There is nothing controversial about extending access to medical care to all babies, no matter where or why they are born,” said Jessica Anderson, vice president of Heritage Action for America. “Opposition to this bill is immoral, and every member of the House should be lining up to sign the discharge petition to right this wrong.”

Interestingly, a recent Marist University poll shows a shift toward the pro-life viewpoint even as Democrats push for abortion up to birth.

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Conservatives Explain Equality Bill’s Harms

This week, in the first hearing about H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Bill, which would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protected status under the law, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, gave stirring testimony about why this bill is particularly treacherous for women and children.

Collins said the legislation “would demolish the hard-won rights of women, putting them once again at the mercy of any biological man who identifies, at any moment, as a woman. . . There will be many losers because H.R. 5 bows to political expedience that silences calls for fairness, flouts science, and has no compassion for the women and children it marginalizes.”

FRC’s Tony Perkins said, “Women, faith, businesses, privacy, education, athletics, and health care—they’re all on notice: If the Equality Act passes, no one who thinks practically on gender and sexuality is safe.” The result would be the destruction of “centuries of religious liberty, open debate, and free speech.”

The Human Rights Campaign has started a video series called “Americans for the Equality Act” that uses high-profile people to persuade the average person to support the Equality Act by playing on emotion and a sense of “fairness” and “dignity” rather than facts. How ironic that the videos call for a sense of equal treatment for everyone, knowing that H.R. 5 will not protect the religious liberty of a majority of Americans.

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