(ChurchLeaders) This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a controversial bill known as the Equality Act. The proposed legislation, officially known as H.R. 5, would substantially expand discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents, however, warn that it threatens religious liberty, harms women and girls, and promotes abortion extremism.
President Biden has identified the Equality Act as a legislative priority for his first 100 days in office. Passage of the landmark legislation, he said before being elected, is “essential to ensuring that no future president can ever again roll back civil rights and protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.”