Originally proposed in 2019, the Equality Act was reintroduced by U.S. House Rep David Cicilline (D-RI) late last week. The bill is a priority for President Biden in his first 100 days and is designed to ban “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
U.S. House Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) responded to the news and issued a statement.
Greene said, “The Democrats’ so-called ‘Equality’ Act expands governmental regulatory reach that destroys women’s rights, religious rights, and rights of the unborn. “
“Today, I’ve filed three America First amendments to protect girls, churches, and believers,” Greene added.
The amendments that Greene proposed are listed as “Protect women in sports amendment, exempting churches from ‘equality’ act amendment, and religious freedom preservation amendment.”
The first amendment she said would erase the “Equality” Act and replace it with the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021 to prevent biological males from participating in women’s sports.”
Next, the second amendment “carves out 501cs non-profits from the effects of the ‘Equality’ Act.
Finally, the third amendment would allow Americans “to sue or bring a claim against the government if their religious rights are violated.”
The Democrats' so-called "Equality" Act expands governmental regulatory reach that destroys women’s rights, religious rights, and rights of the unborn.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) February 23, 2021
Today, I've filed three America First amendments to protect girls, churches, and believers. pic.twitter.com/wpgtLdWM2i
From The National Memo:
“In 2021, every American should be treated with respect and dignity,” said Rep. Cicilline. “Yet, in most states, LGBTQ people can be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. It is past time for that to change.”
Standing with Rep. Cicilline, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will introduce the Equality Act in the Senate this week.
Biden also chimed in, calling the act “a critical step” in achieving American values. According to the president, the bill is the “best” way protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and ensure equal rights.
“Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long,” Biden said in a statement. “Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society.”
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