Pro-LGBT leaders say the language in the Equality Act passed by the House of Representatives goes too far and would "crush" conscientious objectors. Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are now being pressured to pass the overreaching bill.
In an interview with the National Review, Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia and "a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage" says he opposes the Equality Act "because it would 'crush' conscientious objectors."
"It goes very far to stamp out religious exemptions... This is not a good-faith attempt to reconcile competing interests. It is an attempt by one side to grab all the disputed territory and to crush the other side."
Brad Polumbo, a self-identified "gay conservative" blasted the Equality Act in an op-ed carried by USA Today saying, "The Equality Act's blatant disregard for the basic right to religious freedom is appalling."
In an op-ed written for the Washington Examiner, former Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory Angelo says the Equality Act:
"...compromise[s] American civil rights and religious liberty as we know it. All reasonable Americans, especially gay Americans who support pluralism and tolerance, should oppose it." And he contends, "it would flout bedrock principles that have served as the foundation of the American experience for centuries." He further warns, "Don't fall for the Equality Act!"
+ + The Equality Act is "filled with poison pills..."
In an email released to reporters, a Trump administration official criticized the legislation but stopped short of saying that the President would veto the Act:
"The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all... However, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights."
In spite of the opposition, the Pelosi-led House of Representatives rammed through the Equality Act by a vote of 236-173. Passage of a law protecting LGBT interests was one of Nancy Pelosi's campaign promises and a major part of the Democrats' platform.
The Equality Act is too far-reaching and the ramifications are widespread:
The Equality Act rewrites the Civil Liberties Act of 1964 by elevating "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to a protected status. It nullifies the Religious Freedom Restoration Act regarding LGBT issues. It specifically forbids citizens or organizations from raising a religious free exercise claim as a defense against it!
The Act is a parental nightmare by placing Big Brother as the ultimate authority over all things "gender related," including overriding the will of parents, as we're already seeing played out in the courts and legislatures. It MANDATES that doctors and hospitals perform sex-change operations on teenagers.
The Equality Act is now headed to the U.S. Senate. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and other pro-LGBT Senators are already pressuring Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hold a Senate vote on the Act.
+ + We are far short of our goal to deliver 25,000 petitions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell!
Grassfire is giving citizens who oppose this bill an opportunity to have their voices heard and WILL BE DELIVERING PETITIONS TO SENATE LEADERS BEFORE ANY EXPECTED VOTE IN COMMITTEE OR BY THE FULL SENATE. If you oppose the anti-faith Equality Act and want your name included in this petition, here's what you need to do...
The Equality Act betrays America's believers and effectively criminalizes Christianity by putting us in legal and civil jeopardy for standing against the LGBT agenda.
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THE PETITION STATES:
I oppose the wrongly-named "Equality Act" -- a very dangerous bill that pushes a radical LGBT agenda while essentially criminalizing Christian beliefs. This bill would strip away religious liberties and put people of faith on the wrong side of the law. It also would force our churches and Christian businesses and schools to conform to the radical LGBT agenda. I urge you to oppose the so-called Equality Act.