This Week in Congress: Part Two

In addition to the bills listed yesterday, the House will also consider H.R. 5, the so-called “Equality Act,” which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes under the federal Civil Rights Act. Whatever your thoughts on issues relating to sexual orientation and transgenderism, in a free society, government has no business telling private property owners who they may or may not hire, fire, provide goods and services to, or who can use their bathrooms. The federal government also has no business telling local schools who can and cannot play on their sports teams. This bill is not about “equality” but about expanding federal power to run our lives.

Here is a statement opposing the bill cosigned by Campaign for Liberty:

Conservatives are united in strong opposition to both the Equality Act and the Fairness for All Act. The titles of these bills belie their consequences, which will undermine parental rights, and the pro-life and conscience rights of medical professionals, make environments inherently unfair, unequal, and unsafe for women and curtail religious freedom for both religious organizations and people of faith.

The Equality Act will elevate transgender theory and “gender-affirming” care to the level of a civil right. Counselors will be prohibited from helping gender-dysphoric children become comfortable with their own bodies. Medical professionals will be vulnerable to lawsuits if they decline to perform hormonal or medical procedures on patients who identify as transgender. In public schools, curriculum could teach children that their sex is not a biological reality, but subjectively self-perceived. Ultimately, parents’ rights to educate their own children and seek the best medical treatment for them would be undermined. In Ohio, a judge terminated a couple’s custody of their 17-year daughter when they disagreed with the recommendations of a gender clinic and county agency that she take testosterone injections.

Despite its title, the Equality Act actually undermines the rights of women and girls, forcing them to share private facilities with anyone claiming to “identify” as a woman. It also diminishes the ability of women to, quite literally, compete on an equal playing field. Males who identify as women are already beginning to dominate women’s sports and strip female athletes of the opportunity to fairly compete for medals and scholarships. This will only increase as colleges, universities, and franchise sports teams begin to prioritize men identifying women above biological women.

The Equality Act explicitly nullifies the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense to a claim under any portion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This exacerbates already troubling trends which are silencing people of faith and limiting the autonomy of religious organizations. The ability of churches, synagogues, and mosques to employ people according to their religious beliefs will be severely limited. Even without the law, religious institutions and individuals have come under sustained fire for living out their religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman and that we are born male and female. Under the Equality Act, individuals and institutions could see increased lawsuits for failing to affirm same-sex marriage (in foster care and adoption),make single-sex private facilities co-ed, and use preferred pronouns for individuals who identify as transgender.

Language within the Equality Act could also have the effect of jeopardizing longstanding conscience protection laws. Specifically, the law’s public accommodation language could require health care providers to perform abortions over their religious objections. Pro-life groups are also concerned that the language could impact federal policy which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion.

Though the Fairness for All Act attempts to square this circle by providing exclusions for religious institutions, it is an unsuitable substitute, and at best, would amount to only a temporary delay to full enactment of the Equality Act.

We urge conservatives to reject the Equality Act when it comes to a vote in the House of Representatives, and further oppose the Fairness for All Act as an appropriate alternative.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Tom McClusky


March for Life Action

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna


Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Jessica Anderson

Vice President

Heritage Action for America

Rachel Board

Policy Director

Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell


Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.


Foley & Lardner LLP

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

William L. Walton


CNP Action, Inc.

David Bozel



Karen England

Executive Director, Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

Ellen F. Grigsby

Director of Institutional Partnerships

Open Doors USA

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Susan A. Carleson


American Civil Rights Union

Penna Dexter


Point of View Radio

Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness

James C. Dobson Ph.D.

Founder & President

Dr. James Dobson Family Institute

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin


The Martin Foundation

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Norm Singleton


Campaign for Liberty

Kelly Shackelford


First Liberty Institute

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

Richard Wright


AAndrews Consulting

James L. Martin


60 Plus Association

Willes K. Lee

President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Rick Manning


Americans for Limited Government

The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.

Managing Editor


Jenna Ellis

Constitutional Law Attorney

Floyd Brown


America Fighting Back PAC

Ed Martin


Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Allen Hebert


American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor

Randy M. Long


Long Business Advisors , LLC

John F. Tate


America’s Liberty PAC

Bailey Amaral


The Windrose Project

Brian S. Brown


National Organization for Marriage

Dr. Frank Wright

President & CEO

D. James Kennedy Ministries

C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

The Honorable Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

Amapola Hansberger


Legal Immigrants for America

Sal Russo

Co-Founder and Chief Strategist

Tea Party Express

Nancy Schulze

Founder & President

Women Impacting America

Steve Berger


Grace Chapel

Kevin Freeman


NSIC Institute

The Honorable Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

Christie Glesener


Shofar International Foundation

Jeff Hunt


Centennial Institute

Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Penny Y. Nance

President & CEO

Concerned Women for America

Jenny Beth Martin


Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Diana Banister

President and Partner

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Member, South Carolina

United States Senate (2005-2013)

Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project & Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee (2003-2012)

Thomas Fitton


Judicial Watch, Inc.

The Honorable Tony Perkins

President, Family Research Council

President, Council for National Policy

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

Michael P. Farris, J.D., LL.M.

President, CEO, and General Counsel

Alliance Defending Freedom

Kristan Hawkins

President, Students for Life of America & Students for Life Action

Rebecca Hagelin


Council for National Policy

The Honorable Donald P. Hodel

Sec. of Energy & Sec. of Interior

President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director

President Ronald Reagan

Joan Holt Lindsey


Lindsey Communications

Anne Schlafly Cori


Eagle Forum

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer


American Values

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

Jerry Melvin

Former Dean

Florida House of Representatives

Ralph Benko, Esq.

Political Columnist

Tim Wildmon


American Family Association

Paavo Ensio


Universal Minerals Group

Bill Shaker


Washington Marketing Group

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi

Founder and CEO


Saulius "Saul" Anuzis


60 Plus Association

E.C. Sykes

General Partner

Aslan Ventures

Benjamin R. Case


Focused On Fundraising

Rebekah Gantner

Executive Director, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

Gary Allan Marx


Madison Strategies

Sean Noble


American Encore

Tom Giovanetti


Institute for Policy Innovation

Richard D. Hayes


Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Andresen Blom


Hawaiian Values

Kay R. Daly


Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Charlie Copeland


Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Judson Phillips


Tea Party Nation

William W. Pascoe, III

Board Member

Tea Party Patriots Action

Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and CEO

Capital Research Center

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle


Media Research Center

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Barry Meguiar


ROTW/Ignite America

The Honorable Mike Hill


Florida State House

Faith Crowley

Assistant to the MJAA General Secretary/CEO, Messianic Jewish Alliance of America

Tim Macy


Gun Owners of America

Jonathan M. Alexandre, Esq.

Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs

Liberty Counsel

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