Congressman Lamborn Opposes So-called "Equality Act"
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on H.R. 5, partisan legislation which would expand the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. These new definitions raise concerns over the effect that they would have on parental rights, conscience protections, equality for women, and the ability for doctors to serve patients using their best medical judgment. The bill also explicitly prohibits the protections provided by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bipartisan bill signed into law by President Clinton.
Congressman Lamborn issued the following statement:
“The so-called “Equality Act” would have disastrous effects on our culture, and would in actuality create more inequality. This legislation would force schools, churches, hospitals, businesses, and other institutions to cater to the leftist view of sex and gender or be shut down. As a result of the “Equality Act”, parents would live in fear that our children would be forced to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and sleeping facilities with individuals who self-identify as the opposite sex. This legislation would also lead to the ultimate demise of women’s sports.
“I introduced two amendments to this legislation which the Democrats rejected. The first would protect institutions who choose to designate sex-specific lockers and restrooms. The second amendment I introduced would have protected young women seeking to compete in single-sex sports' leagues. I’m not convinced my colleagues across the aisle understand the far-reaching consequences of this legislation. I hope it will never be signed into law."
Watch Congressman Lamborn’s floor remarks on the Equality Act here.
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