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    House Passes Equality Act

    The House Voted today to Pass the Equality Act - a piece of legislation that will do more harm than good.

    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/...-leaders-warn/

    Democrats’ “gender equality” bill, a priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, actually would harm Americans if passed and not promote equal rights, Republican opponents said Thursday.

    The legislation, called the Equality Act, is expected to be voted on Friday in the House.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a statement provided to The Daily Signal, called the bill “another mirage” created by Democrats.

    “The Democrats’ latest piece of legislation is another mirage, packaged with a deceiving title, that ultimately chips away at our religious freedoms, would jeopardize Title IX sports programs, and puts our children at risk by eliminating parental consent in life-altering medical procedures,” McCarthy said.

    The bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to characteristics—race, color, religion, sex, or national origin—protected from discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    In a press conference Thursday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., said the Equality Act actually would not further equality.

    “The ‘Inequality’ Act imposes … top-down, government-led discrimination against all Americans who hold a differing view of human sexuality and gender,” Hartzler said.

    “It punishes everyday citizens, silences free speech and viewpoint disagreement, it discriminates against people of faith, and so a vote for this bill is a vote against parents, it’s a vote against women, it’s a vote against doctors, it’s a vote against educators, it’s a vote against children,” she added.

    By inserting sexual orientation and gender identity into current anti-discrimination law, the bill would make hospitals and doctors vulnerable to litigation “if they don’t follow the medical recommendations of the transgender movement,” Emilie Kao, director of The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society, wrote in a recent op-ed.

    An explainer from Heritage argues that the Equality Act would force Americans “to conform to new sexual norms or else lose their businesses and jobs,” and coerce medical professionals into facilitating abortion and other procedures that violate their conscience rights.

    If passed, the Equality Act would hurt women by “dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces,” the think tank’s explainer said, as well as compromise the work of charities and volunteers.

    Pelosi, D-Calif., has said Congress should pass the bill to give equal rights to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

    “The legislation is a top priority because equality for the LGBTQ community is a top priority for us,” Pelosi said. “But our work isn’t done just because we’ve passed these bills. All the progress we make just opens the door for more progress that is needed.”

    The House’s top Republican leader sees it differently.

    “This irresponsible bill carries grave consequences that will do damage to our federal civil rights laws as we know them,” McCarthy told The Daily Signal.

    “Republicans in our conference strongly stand against discrimination wherever it exists, and we will also continue to hold the line in protecting religious freedoms to ensure it is a right that all Americans are able to exercise,” he said.

    Lauren Fine, spokeswoman for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, told The Daily Signal in an email that citizens who oppose discrimination should oppose the Equality Act, known as HR 5 in the House.

    “Americans oppose discrimination, and everyone should be treated with respect. HR 5, however, is a liberal overreach that would harm children, gut protections for women, deny religious freedom protections, and provide additional abortion rights,” Fine said.

    Among those joining Hartzler for her press conference were leaders of various advocacy organizations, including Concerned Women for America, the Women’s Liberation Front, Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Susan B. Anthony List.

    Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., said the legislation urged by Pelosi would not protect women’s rights.

    “I really think HR 5 should be renamed to ‘Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act,’” Lesko said. “It takes away rights of women and girls that we have fought for for years.”

    Under penalty of federal law, Lesko said, the bill would mandate that “facilities like schools, churches, domeratories, [and] shelters allow biological males in women’s and girls’ bathrooms, showers, sleeping areas, [and] locker rooms, violating women’s privacy, and potentially their safety.”

    Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., said she is most bothered by the bill’s attack on unborn children.

    “One of the most unconscionable components of this bill is how it devalues life. Under the ‘Inequality Act,’ my liberal colleagues want to create a universal right to abortion right up to the moment of birth. And not only that, they want to force you, the taxpayer, to pay for it,” Miller said.

    “I am disgusted, disgusted, and I am so saddened to the core of my being,” she said. “We must stand up for life, and we must protect our most innocent and vulnerable citizens.”

    Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal that the bill would allow government to tell Americans what to believe.

    “This bill would eviscerate constitutionally protected rights by empowering the federal government to force employers, medical professionals, parents, business owners, and all Americans to act in violation of their conscience,” Johnson said. “The federal government should not be able to dictate a belief system.”
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    So how many billable hours is this mess going to generate?

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    Gee... I am so looking forward to the day a dem wins the white house...

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    White House Criticizes Equality Act, but Stops Short of Veto Threat
    A Trump administration official criticized legislation supported by House Democrats that would gut a landmark 1993 religious freedom law while adding sexual orientation and gender identity protections to federal civil rights law.

    The White House has not yet issued a formal veto threat or a statement of administration policy about the Equality Act, which House Democrats are expected to pass this week, however.

    “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” an administration official said in a statement issued to reporters late Monday.

    Under President Donald Trump—as under previous presidents—the White House routinely issues a statement of administration policy from the Office of Management and Budget regarding legislation, stating whether the president’s advisers would suggest the president sign or veto bills and why.
    https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/...f-veto-threat/
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    Omigosh....this is terrible news! I can't believe the Congrats who passed this bill really understood what problems it could cause!

    I hope to high heaven that Trump vetoes it....we need to watch this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Needs to go to the Senate next. Maybe it dies there.
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    Hey Donald: please veto this!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubble Head View Post
    Needs to go to the Senate next. Maybe it dies there.
    I really expect this to get in, with no veto. I will be shocked beyond belief if it dies.

    Things continue to go down the tubes.

    MM, you are correct: this needs to be watched.
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    Why do the Dems always get the good names for their bills - the Equality Act - of course, you seem like a jerk for not supporting it. Here's a list of what it will do: https://reason.com/2019/05/16/equali...vote-in-house/

    BUT WHAT DOES THE EQUALITY ACT ACTUALLY DO?
    The Equality Act works by modifying the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and other federal statutes concerned with discrimination and segregation.

    Its reach includes public accommodations, public education, lending, housing, federal assistance programs, Medicare and Medicaid, employment, housing, public facilities, and more. It would insert into all of these laws and existing programs a prohibition on discrimination or segregation based on "sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity)."

    The bill defines sex to include not just biological "sex characteristics, including intersex traits," but also "a sex stereotype; pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition;" and "sexual orientation or gender identity." It then stipulates that:

    "Pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions."
    "An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender identity."
    The U.S. Attorney General can institute civil actions against schools (which is what we saw a lot of with Title IX under Pres. Obama).
    The U.S. Attorney General may intervene "whenever an action has been commenced in any court of the United States seeking relief from the denial of equal protection of the laws under the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution," if the A.G. says the "case is of general public importance," in which case the feds "shall be entitled to the same relief as if it had instituted the action."
    The House bill also expands covered public accommodations and facilities to include any:

    "establishment that provides exhibition, entertainment, recreation, exercise, amusement, public gathering, or public display;"
    "any establishment that provides a good, service, or program, including a store, shopping center, online retailer or service provider, salon, bank, gas station, food bank, service or care center, shelter, travel agency, or funeral parlor, or establishment that provides health care, accounting, or legal services;" and
    "any train service, bus service, car service, taxi service, airline service, station, depot, or other place of or establishment that provides transportation service."
    Establishments are specifically "not to be construed to be limited to a physical facility or place."
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    The Democrats are, in my opinion, clinically insane. And yes, there is a long history of naming bills to hid what they really are. The best example of that is the totally fascist bill called "The Patriot Bill." We are ruled by a corrupt oligarchy. The social norms have become increasingly insane. Once the two groups mentioned get protected class status, the tidal wave of lawsuits will start. Of course, this is the real plan of the globalists: to cause such a level of chaos in society it collapses into anarchy, and then they ride in as the saviors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    The Democrats are, in my opinion, clinically insane. And yes, there is a long history of naming bills to hid what they really are. The best example of that is the totally fascist bill called "The Patriot Bill." We are ruled by a corrupt oligarchy. The social norms have become increasingly insane. Once the two groups mentioned get protected class status, the tidal wave of lawsuits will start. Of course, this is the real plan of the globalists: to cause such a level of chaos in society it collapses into anarchy, and then they ride in as the saviors.
    Yes, you are correct. The NWO/globalists are at the helm, in the worldly sense, yes.

    They are crafty...the Patriot Act really gets my goat.

    They worship a goat and call it their god. THAT is insane.
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    The "Equality Act" would also prohibit religious institutions from being able to prevent hiring people who might be infidels, Muslims or LGBTQ categories.

    How could a Christian school possibly function, if it couldn't insist on hiring its own denominational members as teachers and other staff members, including janitors???????
    If a Christian church had to admit queers as pastors or elders? (sadly, some already do.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TammyinWI View Post
    Hey Donald: please veto this!!!
    Two years ago, I would have said, no brainer.
    Today...not so sure. Does he have the balls?

    The excuses on the matter will at least be entertaining.
    No more of the inevitable multi-D chess from the apologists, please, no.
    Last edited by Faroe; 05-17-2019 at 07:45 PM. Reason: clarity

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    One could theoretically choose to identify as whatever gender one desires, for however long or short a period, no matter how ridiculous or without medical grounding, and still expect the law to protect that identity. A near-total triumph for men. Sounds to me like Dems are waging a war against women. Good luck ever winning a track and field event ever again ladies.

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    The Dems and others who support their views are DETERMINED to criminalize/defame/bastardize/destroy anything Traditional American and anything Normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cacheman View Post
    One could theoretically choose to identify as whatever gender one desires, for however long or short a period, no matter how ridiculous or without medical grounding, and still expect the law to protect that identity. A near-total triumph for men. Sounds to me like Dems are waging a war against women. Good luck ever winning a track and field event ever again ladies.

    Or any event, anywhere and/or in anything.

    You could hire an afro-american-trans (from male to female) that is homosexual and totally get your affirmative action quota all in one person!

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    Would love to know who voted for it, not that it matters. They can deny God. God will not deny them or their actions. Stalin and the former Soviet Union could not contain God, they really think a piece of legislation will?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cacheman View Post
    One could theoretically choose to identify as whatever gender one desires, for however long or short a period, no matter how ridiculous or without medical grounding, and still expect the law to protect that identity. A near-total triumph for men. Sounds to me like Dems are waging a war against women. Good luck ever winning a track and field event ever again ladies.
    Think on this: A middle-aged, straight, married white man could theoretically achieve protected status by identifying as gay. Surely they couldn't force him to be promiscuous. He could say he was waiting for Mr. Right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Gray Mare View Post
    Would love to know who voted for it, not that it matters. They can deny God. God will not deny them or their actions. Stalin and the former Soviet Union could not contain God, they really think a piece of legislation will?
    Here you go: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/05/...-equality-act/

    “We won the fight in the House today, and we will continue until we see these protections become law,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., tweeted moments after the bill passed.

    The bill, which is not expected to pass the Senate due to its Republican majority, adds sexual orientation and gender identity to characteristics—race, color, religion, sex, or national origin—protected from discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    It received unanimous support from House Democrats and eight votes from Republicans, namely Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas, John Katko of New York, Tom Reed of New York, Elise Stefanik of New York, and Greg Walden of Oregon.

    By inserting sexual orientation and gender identity into current anti-discrimination law, the bill would make hospitals and doctors vulnerable to litigation “if they don’t follow the medical recommendations of the transgender movement,” Emilie Kao, director of The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, wrote in a January commentary.

    If passed, the Equality Act would hurt women by “dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces,” The Heritage Foundation’s explainer stated, as well as compromise the work of charities, if they were unwilling to open up sex-specific areas, such as bathrooms and housing, to anyone based on gender identity, not sex.

    The explainer also said that parents’ rights could be affected by the Equality Act.

    By silencing the scientific debate on transgender-affirming therapies through the politicization of medicine, the Equality Act would further normalize this radical protocol, and create an expectation that parents comply.

    In fact, parents in Ohio lost custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter because they declined to put her on testosterone supplements.

    Under President Donald Trump, the White House routinely issues a statement of administration policy for various bills—stating whether it would suggest the president sign or veto legislation and why, as The Daily Signal’s Fred Lucas recently reported.

    While an administration official said “this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights,” the administration has yet to issue a statement of administration policy on the bill, as it did for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act and Climate Action Now Act, among others.

    “Today is a truly historic day for civil rights in our country,” Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., tweeted. “With final passage of the [Equality Act] in the House, we have taken the first step to explicitly bar discrimination on both sexual orientation and gender identity for every American.”

    But House Republicans hardly see it as such.

    “HR 5 is an enormous blow to religious liberty and our Constitution,” Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., tweeted after Democrats passed the legislation. “The [Equality Act] is anything but equal, and enshrines a federally-mandated belief system that if you don’t agree with it – you’ll be punished. Deeply disappointed in the passage of such a destructive bill.”

    Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., spoke out against the legislation earlier in the week, telling The Daily Signal, “The Equality Act—or I call it the Forfeiting Women’s Rights Act—takes away women’s and girls’ rights that we fought for for years.”


    In a statement emailed to The Daily Signal, Kao said the legislation does not represent what the American people want.

    “Today, the House of Representatives failed to listen to lesbians and conservatives, feminists and pro-life advocates, and doctors and parents who united against the radical imposition of ideology through the Equality Act,” she said. adding:

    True equality exists when the government respects the freedom of all Americans, including parents who want to educate their children according to their own beliefs, doctors who want to use their best medical judgment and women and girls to shower and dress in safety and play sports in their own leagues. But this Equality Act imposes sexual ideology on the nation that endangers religious freedom, freedom of speech, and parental rights by punishing those who dissent from political correctness.
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    Never going to go anywhere. Dies in the Senate.

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    Kumbaya! Or would you rather see congressional work on health care and immigration? Meaningless BS by a bunch of clowns.

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