WASHINGTON, DC – According to reports, 21 House Republicans are siding with the likes of transgender activist groups to make sexual orientation and gender identity a federally protected class under civil rights law.
Yet, with the mounting controversies that have cropped up over the past year regarding the transgender movement, these House Republicans may be alienating their constituents by handing over more power to this ideology’s already forceful ability to silence dissent.
Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah sponsored the Fairness For All Act (FFAA) in 2019, an all-Republican bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a federally protected class in exchange for specific “right to discriminate” carve-outs for dissident religious organizations.
The bill went nowhere in 2019 but was reintroduced in February of 2021 by Rep. Stewart, and now has the backing of 20 other House Republicans – some of which are fairly well-known Republicans – which are as follows:
- Fred Upton (Mich.)
- Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)
- John Curtis (Utah)
- Mark Amodei (Nev.)
- Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)
- Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
- Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.)
- Blake Moore (Utah)
- Burgess Owens (Utah)
- Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)
- Chris Jacobs (N.Y.)
- Claudia Tenney (N.Y.)
- Jeff Van Drew (N.J.)
- Jenniffer González-Colón (P.R.)
- Maria Salazar (Fla.)
- Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.)
- Mike Simpson (Idaho)
- Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.)
- Steve Stivers (Ohio)
- Tom Reed (N.Y.)
When these 21 Republicans revived FFAA, supporters claimed that it achieved a “compromise” between religious liberty and establishing LGBT Americans’ anti-discrimination protections.
Right-leaning supporters argue that the measure is a conservative alternative to the Equality Act, a much more extreme Democratic initiative that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a U.S. civil-rights law without any of the religious-liberty safeguards that the FFAA provides.
But in light of the numerous controversies regarding the obvious issues related to lending any legitimacy to the gender identity crowd, this is an issue that Republicans should likely not be giving a proverbial inch to.
Take for instance the state law in California, SB 132, which now allows biological men who simply say they feel like a woman into a women’s prison in the state. At the time that it was pushed through, there were serious concerns raised about the issue.
Needless to say, it was of little shock to hear that a female inmate wound up becoming pregnant shortly after the implementation of the practice in California.
There of course was also the infamous Wi Spa incident – again, in California – where a registered sex offending male was given space to expose his erect penis to underage girls at the Wi Spa in June of 2021.
Not to mention, the incident that garnered national attention out of Loudoun County, Virginia, where the daughter of a man arrested at a school board meeting during the summer was raped by a teenage boy wearing a skirt at her high school in the bathroom.
The state and local-level gender-fluid policy framework provided the path for these incidents to occur – and these 21 House Republicans are seriously entertaining a means to federalize these very policies that led to such incidents.
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