(OPINION) CBN – The Equality Act is expected to advance in Congress this week. It’s a controversial bill designed to overhaul the nation’s civil rights laws to include LGBT Americans, but many worries it will trample on the rights of women and people of faith. Under the Equality Act, disagreement is considered discrimination.
It includes gay marriage, biological males competing in women’s sports, and doctors performing procedures – like gender reassignments – that go against their conscience. It’s a bill President Joe Biden wants to sign during his first 100 days. “The Equality Act provides long-overdue federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ Americans, preventing discrimination in our housing, education, public services, and lending systems.
I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation,” Biden tweeted. However, the bill does much more. “We can see it would immediately be stripping religious Americans and stripping girls and women of our equal rights,” Denise Harle, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, tells CBN News.
By redefining sex discrimination, the measure would provide for abortion on demand, likely end a longstanding prohibition on taxpayer-funded abortions, and remove conscience protections for doctors and nurses. Biological men would be allowed to compete in women’s sports effectively obliterating Title IX while girls and women would be forced to share locker rooms and bathrooms in schools and public places. READ MORE