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Federal SOGI Bill Filed in U.S. House

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives filed the “Equality Act” on March 13, which would make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes under civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination due to race, sex, color, disability, and religion.

If passed, the legislation would have far-reaching implications to include reversing equal educational opportunities gained through Title IX, as well as losing basic privacy rights.

As three Catholic bishops noted in a letter to the U.S. Senate sharing their disapproval, “The Act’s definitions alone would remove women and girls from protected legal existence.”

Beyond harming women, the Equality Act threatens religious liberty, freedom of speech, and parental rights, particularly for those conservatives and Christians who do not believe in and do not want to follow the LGBT agenda.

The Heritage Foundation concludes, “A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would empower the government to interfere in how regular Americans think, speak, and act at home, at school, at work, and at play. Any bill promoting such authoritarianism is a danger to our freedoms.”

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Michigan Man Supports Christian Family Banned From Farmer’s Market

We recently reported that East Lansing, Mich., city officials banned Christian farmers Steve and Bridget Tennes from selling produce at the local farmer’s market because they refused to host a same-sex “wedding” at their farm in nearby Charlotte.

Since then, another Michigan farmer, Kyle Barnhart, decided that enough was enough and called East Lansing city officials to decry this discrimination of the Tennes’ based on their religious beliefs. Barnhart added, “If they didn’t change their policy to include them, I was going to have this sign made out and I was going to hang it up so that people could drive by and see it.”

And that is exactly what Barnhart did. His sign, plastered on a barn, simply says, “The City of East Lansing discriminates against farmers.” Barnhart promises he won’t take his sign down as long as East Lansing keeps discriminating.

East Lansing claims the Tennes family violated their city’s SOGI law, but city officials have forgotten that the small town of Charlotte, Mich., does not have a SOGI law. ADF lawyer Kate Anderson argues that East Lansing has no jurisdiction over the town of Charlotte and cannot tell the Tennes family what to do on their own farm.

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