House passes so-called Equality Act, threatening religious liberty

by Peter Heck · Feb 25th, 2021 6:07 pm

Last Updated Feb 27th, 2021 at 6:41 pm

The United States House of Representatives unsurprisingly passed the LGBT-promoted Equality Act Thursday, in a move that would redefine sex and gender in American law.

The vote was 224-206 with three Republicans joining the Democrat majority to advance the controversial bill to the Senate. Reps. John Katko (NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), and Tom Reed (NY), were the three Republicans who defected to vote for the progressive legislation.

Conservatives point out that the if enacted, the Equality Act would penalize Americans who don't affirm the new gender ideology it promotes, and would compel speech that some citizens find unscientific, immoral, or disagreeable. With its punitive power, it would also endanger countless charities, many of which are run by religious institutions, if they don't acquiesce to practices and speech that violates their conscience.

The bill passed the House of Representatives in 2019 as well, but Republican control of the Senate at that time prevented it from being heard there. Now, with a 50-50 split, odds of its passage increase, but the bill still faces the uphill battle of convincing 10 Republicans to join Democrats in ending the imminent filibuster.


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