Biden Urges Congress to 'Swiftly Pass' Equality Act that Would Let Boys Play on Girls' Teams
Christian Headlines - President Biden is urging swift passage of a far-reaching LGBT rights bill that critics say would impair religious liberty and destroy hard-fought legal protections for women, including the right to play on female-only teams.
At issue is the Equality Act, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes for education, federal funding, employment, housing, public accommodations and facilities. The bill was introduced Feb. 18 and has 223 co-sponsors – all Democrats. It is expected to pass the House, although its chances in the Senate are less certain.
“I urge Congress to swiftly pass this historic legislation,” Biden said in a statement Friday. “Every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”
But many of the changes are controversial.
The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – a law that was passed to confront racial discrimination – by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes for public places and employment. A clause in the Civil Rights Act that was written to enforce the desegregation of schools would now prohibit discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity”
Further, the text of the Equality Act states: “An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and ....READ MORE
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