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House Democrats Revive Bill Attacking Women’s Sports, Religious Liberty

February 19, 2021

Yesterday, House Democrats reintroduced the Equality Act, a bill which would rewrite civil rights law to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as protected classes. The bill is expected to be brought to a vote in the chamber next week.

In response, Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project (APP), released the following statement urging members to reject the legislation:

“The Democrats are back at it again. Just weeks after Joe Biden signed an executive order which threatens to undermine women’s rights and religious freedom, Democrat leaders in Congress are now trying to make these changes permanent in federal law.

“Of course, this has been their goal for a long time, and we know by now the very terrible consequences which will occur if the ‘Equality’ Act passes: female athletes will be forced to compete against biological males; women will be forced to share private spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms, and shelters with men; and religious charities will be coerced into violating their beliefs or else be shut down.

“That Democrats are continuing to try to push such a law even in the middle of a deadly pandemic shows just how radical their priorities are. Rather than working toward consensus policies which will actually help our country, they have instead decided to ram through the most extreme elements of their left-wing agenda.

“Every member of Congress should recognize that a vote for the ‘Equality’ Act is a vote against women, particularly women and girl athletes, as well as a vote against Americans of faith. And supporting this bill will not play well with voters when they head back to the polls next year.”

You can read APP’s vote recommendation on the Equality Act here.

To schedule an interview with an APP policy expert, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.

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