AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
April 2, 2019
HR 5 – The Equality Act Goes Before House Judiciary Committee Today!
Simply put, passage of this bill would criminalize all those who believe marriage is only between one man and one woman and that men should not be allowed to use the women’s bathroom, fitting room or locker room. HR 5, the Equality Act, would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act by striking the word “sex,” and inserting “sex, 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, or national origin.”
Here are a couple examples of what would happen if this becomes law:
- Racially segregated bathrooms are against the law. If HR 5 passes, bathrooms segregated by sex would be against the law.
- All schools would be required to open girls’ sports to boys who think they are girls.
- This bill specifically prevents the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 from being used to defend those with deeply held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality and transgenderism.
- The bill nullifies federal and state religious freedom protections by handing authority to the US Department of Justice to interpret and investigate claims of LGBTQ discrimination.
Hearings on HR 5 will be held today in the House Judiciary Committee
Three Pennsylvanians are members of that committee. They are:
Mary Gay Scanlon – D – (Vice-Chair) — (202) 225-2011
Madeleine Dean – D – (202) 225-4731
Guy Reschenthaler – R – (202) 225-2065
Call these US Representatives with one simple message: “Do not support HR 5 – the Equality Act.”