Legislation recently (re)introduced in Congress could be the LGBT-left’s most ambitious agenda goal, and it has the support of many major corporations.
The Equality Act is essentially a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) accommodation mandate at the federal level. If implemented, sexual orientation and gender identity would be given special protection status under federal civil rights law. However, the impact would be disastrous for the First Amendment and Religious Liberty.
The Heritage Foundation has outlined seven ways the Equality Act would affect Americans:
- It would penalize Americans who don’t affirm new sexual norms or gender ideology.
- It would compel speech.
- It could shut down charities.
- It would allow more biological males to defeat girls in sports.
- It could be used to coerce medical professionals.
- It could lead to more parents losing custody of their children.
- It would enable sexual assault.
SOGI accommodation mandates at the state and local level have often been labeled “bathroom bills” because they would compel business to allow individuals to use private facilities like bathrooms and changing rooms based on how they identify, not biological sex. While this would present considerable safety concerns as biological men would have unfettered access to women-only spaces, the “bathroom” aspect is just the tip of the iceberg regarding SOGI measures.
Business owners, like Colorado’s Jack Phillips, have suffered persecution for refusing to affirm same-sex marriage with his artistic talents. Ruling in his favor, the Supreme Court found the Colorado Civil Rights Commission used the state’s accommodation law to act with hostility towards Phillips’s religious beliefs.
But, it is not just business owners who would be devastated by Equality Act’s passage. Faith-based adoption agencies would lose their ability to determine where children should be placed, schools would have to allow biological boys to compete on girls’ athletic teams, surgeons would be forced to perform sex-change operations, and parents could be sued by their children for not supporting gender transition.
Yet, big business, at the behest of the liberal activists at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has openly endorsed the Equality Act. The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is a collection of major corporations that support this legislation’s attempt to promote the LGBT agenda while undermining protections for religious liberty and the freedom of conscience.
Members of the Business Coalition for the Equality Act
Abercrombie & Fitch
Advanced Micro Devices
Automatic Data Processing
Bank of America
Booz Allen Hamilton
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Hyatt Hotels Corp.
InterContinental Hotels Group
Johnson & Johnson
Kenneth Cole Productions
Levi Strauss & Co.
Marriott International Inc.
McGraw Hill Financial
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Office Depot Inc.
Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
Procter & Gamble Co.
Pure Storage Inc.
SAP America Inc.
T-Mobile USA Inc.
Tech Data Corp.
Uber Technologies Inc.
The WhiteWave Foods Co.
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