Republicans offer a ‘conservative’ alternative to pro-LGBT Equality Act

Back in March, the House of Representatives introduced a pro-LGTB bill called the Equality Act (H.R. 5), a bill that openly targets religious liberty for elimination and codifies the LGBT agenda via a revision to the Civil Rights Act.

Under the Act, everyone will be required to submit to the LGBT agenda with churches and religious employers, organizations, and colleges afforded no exceptions whatsoever. “Religion is no excuse for discrimination when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) when explaining the intention of the legislation.

The House passed the Equality Act in May.

Besides the clear and obvious threat to genuine civil rights and civil liberty, the Equality Act comes with a host of 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.

In an article I wrote in April about the Equality Act, I warned that Trump and the GOP might not do anything to stop it from becoming law based on their past history and how, with an election approaching, they would likely facilitate its passage.

Unfortunately, they’re doing exactly as I warned with the introduction of a bill that also enjoys the blessing of so-called faith groups.

Last week, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and a group of his fellow Republicans introduced the Fairness for All Act. The bill would amend to Civil Rights Act and include the same 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.

In a press conference announcing the bill, Stewart attempted to address the obvious conflict that occurs every time government acts as the creator and arbiter of our rights … rights that come from God:

“[Sexual orientation/gender identity and religious liberty] are not mutually exclusive principles. There is enough space where both of these can be accommodated … neither side has to lose in order for the other side to win.”

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere indicated Trump’s openness to the Fairness for All Act when asked by The Washington Blade about the bill:

“President Trump has protected human dignity, fought for inclusion, promoted LGBTQ Americans, and strongly protected religious freedom for everyone while in office. The White House looks forward to reviewing the legislation.”

Adding the LGBT agenda to the Civil Rights Act may not be necessary after Donald Trump’s Supreme Court issues its rulings on three religious liberty versus LGBT “rights” cases heard earlier this year. At issue in those cases is whether “sex” discrimination protections currently in the Civil Rights Act include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Any way you look at it, whether through the Democrats’ Equality Act, the GOP’s Fairness for All Act, or a dictate from the Supreme Court, the LGBT culture war marches on … leaving Christians, conservatives, and constitutionalists as the casualties.


David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative.

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