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7 Reasons Why the Equality Act Is Anything But

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7 Reasons Why the Equality Act Is Anything But

On 03.14.19 06:28 AM posted by Monica Burke

Most Americans don’t want a nationwide bathroom requirement, health care mandate, or “preferred pronoun” law based on gender identity, but congressional Democrats seem to think it’s time to impose them.

NancyPelosi delivered Wednesday on her promise to introduce the so-called EqualityAct, which would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protectedclasses in federal anti-discrimination law.

Although thatmay sound nice in theory, in practice sexual orientation and gender identitypolicies at the state and local level have caused profound harms to Americansfrom all walks of life.

How might a sexual orientation and gender identity law on the federal level, as introduced in the House and Senate, affect you and your community? Here are seven ways:

1. It would penalize Americans who don’t affirm new sexual norms or gender ideology.

Jack Phillips’ case went all the way to the Supreme Court after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission accused the bakery owner of discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation when the self-described cake artist declined to create a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, but left the law in question, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, intact. Until last week, Phillips was in court again defending himself against the same agency under the same law.

The day after the Supreme Court ruled in Phillips’ case, Autumn Scardina, a lawyer who identifies as transgender, requested that he create a “gender transition cake.” After Phillips declined, the state Civil Rights Commission found probable cause under the law that the baker had discriminated on the basis of gender identity.

Thankfully, the commissionlast week droppedthe case, and Phillips agreed to drop his own lawsuit accusing thestate agency of harassing him for his Christian beliefs.

Phillips is just one of many Americans who have lost income because of their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. Others cases involve florists, bakers, photographers, wedding venue owners, videographers, web designers, calligraphers, and public servants.

These cases are just the beginning. The same policies used to silence disagreement over marriage can be used to silence disagreement over the biological reality of sex.

2. It would compel speech.

Virginia high school teacher PeterVlaming losthis job for something he did not say.

A county school board votedunanimously to fire the veteran teacher overthe objections of his students after he refused to comply withadministrators’ orders to use masculine pronouns in referring to a femalestudent who identifies as transgender.

Vlaming did his best to accommodate the student without violating his religious belief that God created human beings male and female, using the student’s new name and simply refraining from using pronouns altogether.

Unfortunately,the school still considered this a violation of its anti-discrimination policy.

Incidents like these would increase under federal policy proposed in the Equality Act. Both federal and private employers could face costly lawsuits if they fail to implement strict preferred pronoun policies. Employees could be disciplined if they fail to comply, regardless of their scientific or moral objections.

3. It could shut down charities.

Foster careand adoption agencies, drug rehabilitation centers, and homeless centersalready face challenges under state and local policies on sexual orientationand gender identity.

InPhiladelphia, just days after the city put out an urgent call for 300additional families to foster children, thecity halted child placements by Catholic Social Services because ofthe organization’s belief that every child deserves both a mother and a father.

Althoughsame-sex couples have the opportunity to foster children through the state orevery other agency in Philadelphia, the city canceled its contract with CatholicSocial Services. The agency’s approved foster homes remain available whilechildren languish on the waiting list.

A federal sexualorientation and gender identity law would make this situation a nationalphenomenon, which would spell disaster for the 437,500 children in foster carenationwide.

Other charities would be affected, too.

In Anchorage,Alaska, a biological male born Timothy Paul Coyle goes by the name of SamanthaAmanda Coyle. On two occasions, Coyletried to gain access to the city’s Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center,a shelter for homeless, abused, and trafficked women.

In one attempt, authorities said, Coyle was inebriated and had gotten into a fight with a staffer at another shelter, so Hope Center staff paid Coyle’s fare to the emergency room to receive medical attention. Coyle sued the center for “gender identity discrimination.”

A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law could force any social service organization to open up private facilities—including single-sex bathrooms, showers, and sleeping areas—to members of the opposite sex.

4. It would allow more biological males to defeat girls in sports.

Twobiological males who identify and compete as women easilydefeated all of their female competitors in an event at the ConnecticutState Track Championships. Transgender athlete Terry Miller broke the staterecord in the girls’100-meter dash. Andraya Yearwood, also transgender, tooksecond place.

SelinaSoule, a female runner, not only lost to the biological males in the championshipsbut also lost out on valuable opportunities to be seen by college coaches andchosen for scholarships.

Soule said about the 100-meter event: “We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing.”*

A federal sexual orientation andgender identity law would defeat the purpose of Title IX of the Civil RightsAct, which is supposed to guarantee women equal educational and athleticopportunities.

Under radical gender identitypolicies, female athletes have sustained gruesomeinjuries at the hands of male competitors. In high school wrestling, femaleathletes have forfeitedrather than compete against transgender athletes on testosterone.

A federal law could set girls’ and women’s sports back permanently at every level.

5. It could be used to coerce medical professionals.

Under statesexual orientation and gender identity laws, individuals who identify astransgender have sued Catholic hospitals in Californiaand NewJersey for declining to perform hysterectomies on otherwise healthy womenwho wanted to pursue gender transition.

If theselawsuits succeed, medical professionals would be pressured to treat patientsaccording to ideology rather than their best medical judgment.

The Obamaadministration tried to coerce medical professionals into offeringtransition-affirming therapies through a regulation in the Affordable Care Act,popularly known as Obamacare.

That move was stopped in the 11th hour by a federal judge. However, that could all be set back in motion if a national law imposes a nationwide health care mandate regarding gender identity.

6. It could lead to more parents losing custody of their children.

Thepoliticization of medicine according to gender ideology will create moreconflicts among parents, doctors, and the government. A federal sexualorientation and gender identity law would jeopardize parental rightsnationwide.

In fact,the current issue of the American Journal of Bioethics includes an article arguingthat the state should overrule the parents of transgender childrenwho do not consent to give them puberty-blocking drugs.

This hasalready happened. In Ohio, a judge removed a biological girl from her parents’custody after they declined to help her “transition” to male with testosteronesupplements.

After theCincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Transgender Health Clinic recommended thesetreatments for the girl’s gender dysphoria, the parents wanted to pursuecounseling instead. Then the county’s family services agency charged theparents with abuse and neglect, and the judge terminated their custody.

Similarcases are proceeding through the courts with children asyoung as 6 years old.

Meanwhile,studies show that 80to 95 percent of children no longer experience gender dysphoriaafter puberty. Politicizing medicine could have seriousconsequences for children who are exposed to the unnecessary medicalrisks of drastic therapies.

A federal sexual orientation and gender identity law would make these cases more common.

7. It would enable sexual assault.

A complaint under investigation by federal education officials alleges that a boy who identifies as “gender fluid” at Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, sexually assaulted Pascha Thomas’ 5-year-old daughter in a girls’ restroom. The boy had access to the girls’ restroom because of Decatur City Schools’ transgender restroom policy.

Schoolauthorities refused to change the policy even after Thomas reported theassault. Eventually, she decided to remove her daughter from school for thegirl’s emotional well-being and physical safety.

A federal sexualorientation and gender identity law would give male sexual predators who self-identifyas females access to private facilities, increasing the likelihood of these tragicincidents.

It couldalso make victims less likely to report sexual misconduct and police lesslikely to get involved, forfear of being accused of discrimination.

The proposed Equality Act could impose a nationwide bathroom policy that would leave women and children in particular vulnerable to predators. It actually would promote inequality by elevating the ideologies of special-interest groups to the level of protected groups in civil rights law.

***

The Equality Act defies the purpose of anti-discrimination laws. The original Civil Rights Act was enacted to protect African-Americans from being denied access to material goods and services.

The Equality Act, by contrast, would be used as a sword to attack people and force them to adopt new ideologies about human sexuality.

This extreme and dangerous legislation would createunprecedented harms to businesses, charities, medical professionals, women andchildren, and entire families.

The writing is on the wall: The Equality Act isanything but.

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