On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation containing provisions that will seriously undermine 1st Amendment protections for people of faith.
The so-called Equality Act is essentially a sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) accommodation mandate at the federal level. Like the “bathroom bills” at the state and municipal levels in recent years, the measure would add sexual orientation and and gender identity to the list of classes protected by civil rights laws such as race, sex, age, and physical disability.
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.
Small business owners, especially those who service the wedding industry, are already in the left’s crosshairs. Cake bakers and florists like Jack Phillips and Barronelle Stutzman have had their livelihoods threatened by government agencies for refusing to participate in same-sex weddings under similar SOGI accommodation laws in their states. The Equality Act’s implementation would open more business owners to lawsuits, including doctors and mental health professionals.
Fortunately, the Senate appears to have no desire to allow the Equality Act to move forward this Congress.
On the other hand, major corporations, at the behest of the liberal Human Rights Campaign (HRC), are openly endorsing the legislation’s anti-religious liberty provisions. The Business Coalition for the Equality Act is a coalition of companies that support this legislation’s attempt to promote the LGBT agenda while attacking small business owners and undermining the 1st Amendment.
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.
Use the links provided to contact these companies directly and demand they withdraw their support for the so-called Equality Act.
EDITORS NOTE: This 2ndVote column is republished with permission.