The United States House of Representatives will soon be voting on the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5)
. Do not let the name fool you: the Equality Act does not promote but rather limits equality and freedom among American citizens.
The bill’s summary states its purpose as “[prohibiting] discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity” but fails to point out how the new law would explicitly attempt to end one type discrimination by introducing other discrimination and violating religious rights and beliefs. Should this bill pass no individual would be able to refuse to provide a service to someone based on their gender identity or sexual orientation even if the service in question is in direct opposition to their religious beliefs.
The bill also threatens parental rights and the safety of individuals. Parents would have no right to insist that during an overnight school trip that their child room only with other children of the same biological sex; instead, they would need to allow their child to room with any other student who claims to be of the same gender, regardless of their biological sex, or face potential legal repercussions. Women’s shelters may cease to be safe havens to victims of abuse because these same shelters will be required to allow any man who claims to be a woman access to their facilities.
Discrimination against groups or individuals is wrong, and we should encourage niceness and fairness in all interactions. But creating a new discrimination where the state compels actions contrary to one’s religious convictions is no solution. Do not allow freedoms and safety to be sacrificed in the name of so-called “equality;” contact your representative
and urge them to vote “no” on H.R. 5.
Keelyn Wright currently resides in Idaho, where she is a student at Brigham Young University – Idaho working towards her Bachelor’s degree in history. In addition to her schooling, Keelyn works as a policy and research intern at Madison Liberty Institute. When not busy with work or school, Keelyn enjoys relaxing by playing games with friends or family and reading. She also enjoys learning through her participation and membership in the student-liberty clubs at Spark Freedom like the Intercollegiate Studies Institution and Turning Point – USA.