Action Needed: Equality Act
Urge Senators Stabenow and Peters to Oppose Discriminatory Legislation
In the near future, federal lawmakers will be considering a piece of legislation called the Equality Act. In contrast to its name, however, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith and threaten unborn life if it is passed.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Michigan Catholic Conference have long stated that every human person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. However, the Equality Act does the opposite in many ways and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. The legislation would exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which is concerning.
More specifically, the bill would:
- Punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs.
- Force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women.
- Risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions.
- Force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition.
- Expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.
The Equality Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 25 and continues now to the U.S. Senate. As lawmakers consider the measure and their vote, share your opposition to the so-called Equality Act: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/Campaigns/80967/Respond
More information may be found here:
- USCCB: https://www.usccb.org/equality-act#tab–backgrounders
- The Person and Identity Project: https://personandidentity.com/