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At a speech to gay activists in Ohio last weekend, presidential candidate Joe Biden declared that the Equality Act would be “the first thing I ask to be done” upon his election as president.
Despite its anodyne name and generic promotion by the LGBT community, the Equality Act is not a simple ban on discrimination against gays. There was a bill that did that — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) — which passed the House in 2007 and the Senate in 2013, but it never passed both houses in the same year.
Surveys - Support - Bill - Principle - ENDA
Surveys have shown wide public support for a bill embodying the basic principle of ENDA — that it’s wrong to fire someone for who they are.
The Equality Act is a complex set of amendments to current civil rights law, not only adding the protected class of sexual orientation and gender identity, but also many categories of prohibited discrimination that previously were not covered under civil rights law even for race or religion, such as gas stations and funeral parlors.
Easter - Eggs - Parts - Coalition - Life
And it’s filled with Easter eggs that may please various parts of the liberal coalition, but that would radically change American life in ways that have never been debated.
Given Vice President Biden’s moderate reputation, it’s unclear that he has even read the bill, particularly since he has promoted it as if it were just ENDA under a new name.
Questions - Biden - Sampling - Bill - Problems
So here are three questions for Biden regarding just a sampling of the bill’s problems completely unrelated to gender identity or sexual orientation:
1) How is a restaurant supposed to prevent customers from making advances on each other?
Fact - Sheet - Human - Rights - Campaign
The following appears in a fact sheet from the Human Rights Campaign, the Equality Act’s main backer:
“Under current federal law, women who experience harassment on public transportation or at stores or restaurants do not have a remedy. Under...
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