Congress will soon vote on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of sex throughout federal law.
The designers of the Equality Act claim that this legislation protects people from discrimination. In reality, the Equality Act retracts religious freedom, endangers privacy, regulates speech, hinders quality health care, and threatens charitable organizations and those whom they serve.
The Church seeks to promote justice and human dignity, and so Catholics are opposed to unjust discrimination. But the Equality Act does not offer meaningful protections for individuals. In fact, its definitions remove women and girls from protected legal existence.