Rep. Chip royCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy House conservatives reject efforts to revive funding allocations Lawmakers clash over gun ban in Natural Resources Committee room Rep. Ron Wright dies after contracting COVID-19 MORE (R-Texas) vowed Thursday to oppose the Equality Act in court shortly before a House vote on the legislation, saying it would harm religious freedom.
The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act by adding protections for LGBTQ Americans.
Roy, along with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus outside the US Capitol, said the legislation was “trampling on the rights of the American people in the name of equality in the false name of equality.”
“This is a government that uses its power to tell us to bow to the will of a cultural elite in this city that wants to tell us what we are supposed to believe. We are not going to do that.”
– Press office of Representative Chip Roy (@RepChipRoy) February 25, 2021
Roy argued that the legislation would override the rights of people who for religious reasons disagree with extending protections to gay and transgender Americans.
He and others who oppose the legislation in particular have criticized the law’s prohibition on facilities that receive federal funds from blocking transgender people from bathrooms that align with their gender identity.
“We will continue to fight in the courts and beyond,” Roy said.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.), Who was present with Roy at his speech, has strongly opposed the Equality Act, engaging in a growing dispute with Representative Marie Newman (D-Ill.), Whose daughter is transgender. Newman put up a transgender equality flag outside his office Wednesday to which Greene responded by putting up a sign outside his office that read: “There are TWO genders: MALE AND FEMALE. ‘Trust the Science!’ “
The bill would prohibit discrimination on the grounds of “sex, sexual orientation and gender identity” in public spaces, such as facilities that receive federal funds, as well as places of education and employment.
The bill would also prohibit people from being locked in shared spaces that align with their gender identity, such as bathrooms and changing rooms.
President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin’s objection to Neera Tanden: He ‘doesn’t answer us at the White House.’ Senators Without a Schedule for Removal of the National Guard, Capitol Fence Defense Overnight: New Senate Armed Forces Chairman Speaks on Pentagon Political Candidate Afghanistan More | Biden reads report on Khashoggi’s murder | Austin Emphasizes Vaccine Safety In New Video MORE has supported the bill, urging Congress last week to pass it quickly.
“Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and this bill represents a critical step in ensuring that America lives up to our core values of equality and freedom for all,” Biden said in a statement.