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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - All the top Democratic candidates for president support a bill that will clear the way for males to participate in, and potentially dominate, women's sports.
The Equality Act will enshrine into the 1964 Civil Rights Act "Sexual orientation and gender identity" as protected characteristics under federal anti-discrimination law.
The bill has already been passed in the House of Representatives, with Democrats giving unanimous support. Critics of the bill warn against unintended consequences.
The bill would force public schools to open female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as girls. Both critics and supporters of the bill have acknowledged this potentiality, as several examples of biological male domination in women's sports have already been well documented.
All the top Democratic candidates for president, and some that have recently dropped out, support the Equality Act.
Frontrunner Joe Biden said that, if elected, passing the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority. It is "long overdue, and will ensure LGBTQ Americans are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve," he said.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, polling second to Biden, according to Real Clear Politics, co-sponsored the Senate version of the Equality Act. Passing the bill is front and center on his website as signifying his commitment to "equality."
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is also highlighting her dedication to the bill, which she co-sponsored, pledging to "fight tooth and nail" to get it passed if elected.
Polling fourth in Real Clear Politics, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the only active homosexual in the race, said he strongly supports the Equality Act, and called the bill's passage in the House "a historic moment for equal rights in America."
"We need a Federal Equality Act that says you cannot be discriminated against just because of who you are or just because of who you love," he tweeted.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, co-sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also strongly supports it.
Other Democratic presidential primary candidates who are polling under 3% or who have recently dropped out are also on record for supporting the radical bill. California Sen. Kamala Harris, who co-sponsored the bill, described its passage as "a pivotal part in ending homophobia and transphobia and moving our culture forward to be more inclusive and respectful."
Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke prominently featured it in his platform, pledging to get it passed into law had he been elected. Also on record as supporting the Equality Act are Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, John Delaney and Marianne Williamson.
The bill doesn't currently have the votes needed to pass, but if the Democrats retain the House and win the Senate in 2020, many expect they would have enough votes to send the measure to the president's desk.
The Equality Act would "prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation." This includes employment, housing and private and public services — without religious exemption. If passed, retail stores would be forced to hire men in dresses, all public places would have to allow males who "identify" as women to use women's bathrooms and showers, men with gender dysphoria may be housed in women's prisons, and biological males will be welcomed to compete in female sports competitions.
Objective observers see another problem with the bill — its wording. There is no distinction made between orientation and action. Those who have dysphoria and disordered desires are not distinguished from those who act on them and demand that others accept and submit to their choices. If students, employers, athletes, etc. were not forced to accept and submit to others' choices, analysts say there might be consensus on an anti-discrimination bill for those who experience such conditions.
Most leftists support the Equality Act as the latest piece of legislation to promote "sexual equality," but an audible minority of "progressives" challenge the bill and its practical wisdom.
Anti-transgender feminism is a factor in the push to accept the Equality Act. Some radical feminists have a problem with "transgender women" (men identifying as women) sharing the mantle of "woman," with all its social and historical implications. The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel in Washington in January entitled "The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns From the Left." One concern shared by the Women's Liberation Front (WLF), whose members participated in the panel discussion, included: "Our foremost concern is the safety and bodily integrity of the women and children whose lives would be placed at risk or ruined if gender identity legally replaces sex under law."
According to a new Gallup Poll, 46% of Americans think no new civil rights legislation is needed to reduce discrimination against "transgender" persons and practicing homosexuals; and 51% of Americans believe people should use the public restroom of their biological sex rather than their (contrary) gender identity. As many as 44% disagree.
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