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Equality Act, amending Civil Rights Act of 1964

HR5 (David Cicilline, D- RI), known also as the Equality Act, seeks to

“prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation and for other purposes.”  Simply stated, HR5 would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act by adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes throughout the federal code.  This change would place “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the same protected classes as “race, color, religion, sex and national origin.”  Naturally, by force of law, these changes would dramatically impact all American institutions down to the most personal levels.  The bill, which may be read here, cites 20 findings of discriminatory practices to be amended to include housing, adoption practices, federal programs and personal counseling.

Across the board, 21st century Americans support anti-discriminatory policy however,  a political and societal framework must exist to:

a) retain full rights for religious liberty

b) protect common sense policy which ultimately serves to the benefit of all parties involved

Americans are quite capable of living together happily and with equal respect for one another without instituting policy which reaches beyond the limits of reason.  HR5 goes too far.

Three Pennsylvanians are members of the House Judiciary Committee:

Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Vice Chair) (202) 225-2011

Madeleine Dean (D) (202)225-4731

Guy Reschenthaler (R) (202)225-2065