The U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) was quick to state its formal opposition to the Equality Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House on Feb. 18 and would forbid people from objecting to the deviant sex practices of others or rejecting their fantasies of being a gender different from what they actually are.
Introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the bill would cement sexual orientation and “gender identity” as protected legal classes in a variety of areas including housing, education, and public spaces. Critics say it will erode religious freedom and enshrine the redefinition of marriage and gender in law, requiring people and groups to confirm to LGBT notions of “equality” and transgender ideology in opposition to their religious beliefs.
“Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” the USCCB has warned in a voter guide, as reported by the TheBostonPilot.com.
The bill, say the conference and other critics, would harm girls and women by redefining their very sex, requiring them “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.”
The bill could also force doctors to do gender-transition surgery, the conference warns. Pro-life groups say that the act could expand abortions by considering refusal to execute unborn fetuses as illegal “pregnancy discrimination.”
Groups opposed to the redefinition of marriage would be “punished” under the law, the USCCB said.
Joe Biden has praised the Equality Act, urging Congress to quickly pass it, and said it would provide “long overdue federal civil rights protections,” as well as “codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ+ movement into enduring law.”