The Equality Act H.R.5 a bill to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘Gender Identity’ and to promote and protect cisgender equality was introduced Monday amid nearly unanimous partisan support. It was however opposed by two Democratic lawmakers.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the lone Senate Democrat publicly opposing the bill and he is joined by just one fellow Democrat in the House, Representative Dan Lipinski of Illinois.
All 239 House Democrats co-sponsored the Equality Act Monday except Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski.
Both have indicated that they will vote against H.R.5.
Manchin said in a statement on his website Monday,
“I strongly support equality for all people and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. No one should be afraid of losing their job or losing their housing because of their sexual orientation. After speaking with local education officials in West Virginia, I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools. I will continue working with the sponsors of the bill to build broad bipartisan support and find a viable path forward for these critical protections so that I can vote in support of this bill.”
Honorary Republican Joe Manchin has just been nominated #2 suckiest Dems thanks to his opposition to trans equality ala Barney Frank, but believe it or not, there is worse.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski who *just barely* represents the southwest suburbs of Chicago.
The Illinois Eagle reports that Lipinski said in a statement to Roll Call that he supports the “goals of the legislation.” But he did not co-sponsor it on its initial introduction Wednesday because it would conflict with his stance on religious liberties. He said he is working with his House colleagues to resolve the issue.
“I believe that LGBTQ people should be protected from discrimination and afforded equal treatment under law in public life,” he said. “LGBTQ members are our neighbors, colleagues, friends and peers, and their sexual orientation or identity should not lead them to be treated any less than others.”
Lipinski said he had refrained from signing on to to the Equality Act because it would prevent the application of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would “potentially have damaging and unforeseen consequences for Americans’ religious freedom.”
“My faith is very important to me, and my belief in the Constitution’s protection of freedom of religion is fundamental to me,” he said.
Lipinski’s misanthropic faith places him in nefarious circles.
Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of Alliance Defending Freedom’s U.S. legal division, told the Catholic News Agency that the legislation would undermine “the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen. According to the right’wing National Review they can’t get with the T.
“Disagreement on important matters such as marriage and human sexuality is not discrimination,” she added.
The right’s politicization of ‘religious freedom’ is nothing more than a transphobic, homophobic, and racist dog whistle.
While the President betrays our values with his ban, the Congress is bringing our nation closer to equal liberty and justice for all with the Equality Act. Sexual orientation and gender identity deserve full civil rights protections – in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service – you want jury service? In public accommodations. That is why we are proud to stand with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom are here with us, Bobby Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee. You will be hearing from Bobby Scott.
We are proud, as David said, that this bill has nearly 240 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. We look forward to a swift, strong and successful vote on this bill.
2020 will bring yet another blue wave. We will have full equality in our lifetime.