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Equality is a central value that unites us as Americans, and is enshrined in our nation’s legal motto, “Equal justice under law.”
It is egregious, then, to misuse that term, to use it to divide us and further inequality. But that’s what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has done in naming her new proposal the “Equality Act.” Far from advancing equality, the bill would rob Americans of some of their most cherished liberties.
Equality - Act - Orientation - Gender - Identity
The Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under federal civil rights law. But whereas the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further penalize everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex.
Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.
Groups - Equality - Act - Law
Here are five groups who would be harmed if the Equality Act were to become law.
The Equality Act would force employers and workers to conform to new sexual norms or else lose their businesses and jobs.
Example - Colorado - Baker - Jack - Phillips
The most high-profile example involves Colorado baker Jack Phillips, whose case went all the way to the Supreme Court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission accused him of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when he declined to create a custom cake for a same-sex wedding.
He’s not the only victim. Other cases involving disagreement over the meaning of marriage have involved florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venue owners, videographers, web designers, calligraphers, and public servants.
Americans - Views - Sex
Now, Americans are being punished for their views on biological sex as well.
Shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, Phillips found himself in court again after an activist lawyer who identifies as transgender requested that his Masterpiece Cakeshop create a “gender transition celebration” cake.
After the Colorado...
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