House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses a news conference with fellow congressional Democrats at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Feb. 25, 2021, ahead of expected House passage of the Equality Act. The measure passed in a 224-206 vote. CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters

Equality Act could discriminate against faithful

  • March 4, 2021

The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in a 224-206 vote Feb. 25.

A couple days ahead of the vote, the chairmen of five U.S. bishops’ committees said the bill’s mandates will “discriminate against people of faith” by adversely affecting charities and their beneficiaries, conscience rights, women’s sports “and sex-specific facilities.” The bill, known as H.R. 5 and recently re-introduced in the House, also will provide for taxpayer funding of abortion and limit freedom of speech, the chairmen said in a Feb. 23 letter to members of Congress.

H.R. 5 amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and jury duty.

“Rather than affirm human dignity in ways that meaningfully exceed existing practical protections, the Equality Act would discriminate against people of faith,” the bishops said in their letter. “It would also inflict numerous legal and social harms on Americans of any faith or none.”

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