The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to contact their Senators, asking that they oppose the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which is intended to “prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.” The bill passed in the House in February and is now being considered by the Senate.
The USCCB stresses that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. However, in many ways the Act does the opposite. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith. The Equality Act would:
- punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs;
- force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women;
- risk mandating taxpayer funding of abortions;
- force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition;
- and expand what the government considers a “public” place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.
Please urge your Senators to oppose it.
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