On February 25, a dozen members of The House Freedom Caucus held a press conference in front of the Capitol on HR5, the Equality Act, which passed the House 224-206 on the same day: 221 all Democrats and 3 Republicans voted for the bill, 206 Republicans voted against it, and 2 Republicans abstained. All 221 Democratic members and three Republicans voted for the bill, 206 Republicans voted against it, and two Republicans abstained.
HR5 has made its way to the U.S. Senate and some constituents are contacting their district senators in hopes of stopping the bill.
What is the HR5 Equality Act
The HR5 Equality Act intends to prohibit discrimination in the public realm based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity; the bill prohibits denying someone access to, among other things, restrooms and locker rooms because of their gender identity; the proposal also allows the judiciary to step in to protect sexual orientation and gender identity. Public areas include exhibitions, entertainment, sports, parties, businesses, transportation settings, etc.
As a simple example, if a male or transgender person identifies themselves as female, they can go to women’s restrooms, women’s locker rooms, and participate in women’s sports programs, and not accepting them would be considered discrimination and inequality against these minorities. But the HR5 Equality Act is actually unequal to the majority whose philosophy and common sense differs from it.
The HR5 Equality Act was first introduced in Congress in 2015 by Democratic Rhode Island Congressman David Nicca Cicilline; reintroduced in 2017; introduced a third Time in 2019 and passed in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. on February 18, 2021, the Equality Act went to the House again and was passed on February 25. Sicily has been a member of Congress since 2011, and from 2003-2011 he was the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, the first openly gay mayor in the United States.
The Equality Act is actually an inequality law
In 2015, a group of conservative U.S. House members formed the Freedom Caucus, which member Jim Jordan (R-Okla.) described as “smaller, more cohesive, more agile and more active,” and which is currently being led by Rep. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is the chairman.
Biggs said, “The so-called Equality Act is a failed piece of legislation that has been censured by critics over the past several years as an inequality law. Not only does it violate all the important rights recognized by the First Amendment to the Constitution, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association, it also denies the fact that biological men and women; the Act recklessly requires access to girls’ and women’s restrooms and locker rooms, access to any place where women might seek privacy, surrenders women’s privacy to biological men and allows biological men to infiltrate women’s sports.”
“In short, American greatness is based on individual choice and responsibility, and HR5 is the left’s way of putting the ‘collective’ above the individual, abrogating our rights and destroying our dignity. With their skilled marketing techniques and amazing names, Democrats are trying to achieve the goal of giving government control over every aspect of people’s lives and testing the American people’s acquiescence to the tyranny and tyranny of the Washington swamp monster.”
Taking away people’s constitutional rights
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), 21st District, said, “Today’s Democrat-led Congress is trampling on the rights of the American people in the name of the American people, and it is no longer seeking freedom and happiness for the American people as the Constitution provides, when the right to pursue freedom and happiness was given to us by the Creator. This is a government using its power to bend the people to the will of the ‘elite’ class, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.M.) and the Democrats want to do, and we have been pushed to the breaking point.”
Rep. Yvette Herrell (D-N.M.) of New Mexico’s 2nd District said: “The Equality Act is a radical proposal that puts politics above people and would turn our country away from Jewish values, change the way Americans raise their families, serve their communities, and disenfranchise Parents; any parent who does not want their young child to undergo gender reassignment is stigmatized, which diminishes the ability of parents to raise their children and pass on their values, and is an overreach of government power.”
Roe said, “The Declaration of Independence declares that the proper powers of government require the consent of the people, and we cannot agree to this proposal. If Democrats in the White House continue to trample on the rights of the American people, the consequences of their doing so will be to tear the Republic to pieces and throw it at their descendants.”
Assault on Women’s Rights
Rep. Lauren Opal Boebert (D-Colo.), 3rd District, said, “The radical left in Congress arrogantly trying to control every aspect of people’s lives, Kamala Harris (D-Colo.), Pelosi should apologize to the girls, this is the history of the United States of America A tragic day in the history of the United States of America when women (lost) their rights, and it’s a shame! The proposal is bad for female athletes, it’s bad for doctors and patients; it’s bad for teachers, it’s bad for parents.”
Arizona 8th District Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (D) said, “As a woman, I am adamantly opposed to the Equality Act, it’s an outrageous violation of the rights of women and girls! The proposal would effectively ban private facilities from protecting women and girls, shelters that protect women from domestic violence would not be exempt, and the proposal would require federal law to penalize schools that do not enforce it.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (D-Georgia), 14th District Congresswoman, said, “The Equality Act is discriminating against every woman and girl in this country and is an evil, disgusting and immoral bill. For the past century, our great-grandmothers, grandmothers and mothers have fought for women’s rights, and the Equality Act eliminates that, and everyone should be outraged by this proposal.”
“You will worry about going to the bathroom, you will worry about the safety of girls, you will be unjust for girls who attend competitions, you will worry about girls who travel with groups. Women should not be forced by law to share a cell with a man who calls himself a woman, women should not be in drug treatment with a man who calls himself a woman, we cannot govern based on how some people feel, doctors and nurses need to be able to refuse to do things they don’t want to do, including abortion, transgender, etc. People have the right to decide based on their beliefs.”
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), 14th District, said, “This is really the same transgender public restroom that Obama tried to implement when a girl went to the bathroom trailing behind a man who identified himself as a woman that day. This Equality Act should be printed out and distributed to the public.”
Trampling on religious freedom
Georgia 10th District Congressman Jody Hice (R) said, “I am honored to stand here with my brave colleagues in what is a fight for freedom that our ancestors paid with blood and sacrifice to pass on to us in their sacred honor, and that we must defend and pass on to the next generation. “
“As a pastor, I am appalled by the tyranny whose goal is to control the people and the deception they use to take away people’s freedom and rights from Congress. It involves many aspects and forces people to go against their faith and morals and surrender to it, which would be devastating and absolutely unacceptable to America.”
Hurrell said, “The proposal weakens congressional protections for religious freedom by requiring religious beliefs to be in the government’s interest. People would be punished by federal law if they restrict certain people from staying in public school gymnasiums or at places like homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters for reasons of faith and Perception. The Equality Act would also force medical personnel to change and oppose their deeply rooted religious beliefs, which violates their ethical and professional judgment. We must stop this proposal.”
Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), 14th District Congressman, said, “This HR5 Equality Act is an attempt to change the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, which, despite its name, is actually an inequality law, and it is not subject to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.”
Crackdown on traditional families
Rep. Mary Miller (D-Illinois), 15th District Congresswoman, said, “The Equality Act is an attempt by progressives to take their radical views on Marriage and gender and impose them on the majority of people. They demand that people treat them as equal and inclusive, but exclude the majority of Americans who have traditional American values and are based on scientific facts, with far-reaching and far-reaching consequences. The traditional institution of the Family is the social foundation of our nation’s stability, and this proposal would dismantle all of that. What will we leave for future generations when they are still teaching their children not to recognize this country?”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), 1st District, said, “All the leftist, socialist, totalitarian and Orwellian types in Washington, D.C., are telling people that they know better than Jesus what marriage is, and they think they’re smart to get people to throw away thousands of years of religious beliefs and family that are tied to family concepts that are the building blocks of society. Does this help the African-American community? In reality, it’s a war on the African-American nuclear family.”
Bobert said, “As a mother of four boys who relied on family, friends and faith as a guide to raise my children, I didn’t need the help of the U.S. federal government. And now Congress is replacing parents who will remove parental custody if they don’t consent to their children receiving puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and sex reassignment treatments; and these medications are abusive to children by damaging their brains, causing sterilization and increasing the risk of diseases like cancer.”
“Democrats see that there is a mass exodus of people from blue states to red states, and they are desperately trying to impose destructive policies in the federal government that leave us with nowhere to go in this country.”