The Biden administration is preparing to take states to court over so-called “anti-transgender” laws according to the LGBTQ advocacy organization known as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and he’ll use his Department of Justice as muscle.
Biden’s threat follows his address to the joint session of Congress last week, in which he instructed Congress to protect the LGBT agenda by passing the Equality Act — it passed the House in 2019 and again in 2021 — and to let “transgender Americans watching at home, especially young people who are so brave,” that he has their back.
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) is an openly anti-religious liberty piece of legislation that will codify the LGBT agenda by revising the Civil Rights Act if it becomes law. It will require complete submission to the LGBT agenda, with no exceptions whatsoever granted to churches and religious employers, organizations, and colleges. In the words of Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) when explaining the intention of the legislation in 2019, “Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In addition to being a clear and present danger to genuine civil rights and civil liberty, the Equality Act is loaded with unintended consequences so egregious that even voices within the pro-LGBT community oppose it for reasons outside of religious liberty. “It would eliminate women and girls as a coherent legal category worthy of civil rights protection,” said Julia Beck, a self-described radical lesbian feminist and the former law and policy co-chair for Baltimore’s LGBTQ Commission.
Beck’s concern is shared by many across America, and it’s the motivation behind the passage of so-called anti-transgender laws banning transgendered women and girls (males who identify as females) from competitive school sports teams in dozens of states ever since Biden and far-left Democrats seized the reins of power in Washington.
Biden has always been a proponent of the radical LGBT agenda.
In October of last year, then-candidate for president Joe Biden said in an interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal that passing the Equality Act is “essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.”
He promised at the time to have his Cabinet enforce the Equality Act across federal agencies. “Too many states do not have laws that explicitly protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination,” Biden said in the interview. “It’s wrong to deny people access to services or housing because of who they are or who they love.” (emphasis mine)
Biden immediately made his intention on the matter crystal clear only hours after taking the oath of office when he issued an executive order barring discrimination based on “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.”
In a February 2021 op-ed for the New York Post, Ryan Anderson explains how this radical legislation contradicts Biden’s pro-LGBT rhetoric.
The Equality Act would sacrifice the hard-won rights of women, while privileging men who identify as women. If it becomes law, such men would have a right to spend the night in battered-women’s shelters, disrobe in women’s locker rooms and compete on women’s sports teams — even at K-12 schools….
Under the Equality Act, religious schools, adoption agencies and other charities would face federal sanction for upholding the teachings of mainstream biology and the Bible, modern genetics and Genesis, when it comes to sex and marriage…. Outrageously, the Equality Act explicitly exempts itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pope Francis would be treated as the legal equivalent of a Jim Crow segregationist.
It gets worse. Medical doctors, secular and religious, whose expert judgment is that sex-reassignment procedures are misguided would now run afoul of our civil-rights laws. If you perform a mastectomy in the case of breast cancer, you will have to perform one on the teenage girl identifying as a boy. All in the name of equality…. (emphasis mine)
Pretty bad, huh? It gets worse. Anderson shows us how, if it becomes law, the Equality Act will result in more abortions because denying someone the “right” to kill their unborn child is “pregnancy discrimination.”
The icing on the cake? The act treats any refusal to offer abortion as “pregnancy” discrimination. Decades of conscience protections against abortion extremism at the federal, state and local levels would be undermined.
I’ve mentioned this before, but Republicans have supported the concept of the Equality Act in the past. When it was introduced in 2019, Republicans were still in a position to stop it but didn’t, just as I warned would happen. Not only did they fail to at least try to stop it, House Republicans introduced a “conservative alternative” bill called the Fairness For All Act in December 2019.
The Fairness For All Act would have outlawed anti-transgender laws by amending the Civil Rights Act using the same pro-LGBT language included in the Equality Act but with additional language that allegedly protects the convictions of religious organizations, healthcare providers, and employers with 15 employees or less.
Donald Trump has always been a proponent of the LGBT agenda. He openly supported the LGBT agenda as a candidate in 2016 and he continued doing so as president. He was also an early supporter of the Fairness For All Act according then-White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere in an interview with Washington Blade.
And let’s not forget that Trump cabinet member Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly homosexual person in his administration and his senior advisor in 2020 on LGBT outreach, declared in a video ad that Trump was “the most pro-gay president in American history.” Trump thanked Grenell in a tweet and called it a “great honor.”
How will Biden’s plan to quash anti-transgender laws fare in court? If Trump’s Supreme Court is any indication, not so well.
Back in January, Neil Gorsuch made anti-transgender laws and the Equality Act a mute point when he joined the majority in a 6-3 decision (Bostock v. Clayton County) that found a never-existed-before inalienable right to transgenderism in Title VII of the Act while providing no protections for religious liberty.
The evolution from ignoring things done “between two consenting adults in private” to government-enforced, mandatory acceptance of sexual deviancy has been occurring for decades, and the casualties left in the rubble of this persistent march toward Sodom have continued to pile up.
The LGBT culture war marches on, destroying the religious liberty rights of Americans — just as we knew would be the case following the Obergefell decision — leaving Christians, conservatives, and constitutionalists as the casualties.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.