H.R. 5, the so-called federal “Equality Act,” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, February 18, and a vote on this bill could take place as early as next week. If this legislation passes Congress, it will almost certainly be approved by President Biden, who vowed to sign it into law within his first 100 days in office. Please contact your U.S. House member through NC Family’s Action Center and strongly urge him or her to oppose this incredibly harmful and discriminatory legislation!
H.R. 5 is far from a bill about “equality.” In fact, it would elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to legally protected status in federal civil rights laws, placing these categories on the same tier as race, sex, and national origin.
The bill defines “sexual orientation” as “homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality,” and “gender identity” as “the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.”
Essentially, H.R. 5 would elevate the sexual behaviors and self-determined identity of a select group of people to a heightened legal protected status, while punishing everyone else who may disagree under the guise of establishing “equality.”
The “Equality Act” also violates privacy rights and impacts parental rights, school curriculum, ministries, and faith-based nonprofits, just to name a few. The bill is the consummate example of big government pushing into people’s homes and lives and attempting to force compliance with a radical, left-wing political agenda. If H.R. 5 passes, parents risk losing their children, business owners their businesses, women their privacy and safety in bathrooms and public changing areas, churches their nonprofit status and ability to serve in the community, and female athletes their scholarships and spots on athletic teams.
North Carolina Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC District 12), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC District 1), Kathy Manning (D-NC District 6), David Price (D-NC District 4), and Deborah Ross (D-NC District 2) have all signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 5.
Please visit NC Family’s Action Center NOW to contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to OPPOSE H.R. 5!