Tim Cook tweets in support of reintroduced Equality Act

Joanna Estrada
February 26, 2021

"Our neighbour, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called "Equality" Act to destroy women's rights and religious freedoms".

David Cicilline, who introduced the legislation in 2019 and reintroduced it again this year, says the protections it affords are "long overdue". Supporters are hoping for a better outcome this year, as the Senate is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking vote.

"It breaks my heart that it is necessary, but the fact is, and in fact we had a sad event here even this morning, demonstrating the need for us to have respect", Ms Pelosi said, at one point pausing and taking a deep sigh.

Republicans broadly opposed the legislation. Several LGBT members of Congress were among those who rose in support of the measure, as were lawmakers whose family members are transgender.

President Joe Biden publicly supports the Equality Act.

"This is not controversial anymore", he said. "It would also deeply imperil every American's First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of religion".

The House passed a similar version of the bill in May 2019, but it died in the then-Republican-controlled Senate.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, Oregon Democrat, introduced last week the Senate companion bill, but the road through the 50-50 Senate remains fraught.

Katko said he supported the bill, in part, because it would set uniform standards against discrimination in all states.

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-N.M., said the bill would "force churches in the public square to do things that counter their deeply held beliefs" and result in an intrusion by the federal government into private life. It is unclear where some other Republican senators stand on the issue.

Nonetheless, LGBTQ leaders were pleased with the House vote. "As long as LGTBQ+ people - especially our transgender kids - face discrimination and hate in their day-to-day lives, we can not and will not rest".

The Equality Act amends existing civil rights laws and bans discrimination in the LGBTQ community across American life.

So now the Equality Act sails along to the Senate, where it'll hopefully squeak through. She told CBN News, "We can see [the Biden Equality Act] would immediately be stripping religious Americans and stripping girls and women of our equal rights". "I urge the Senate to expeditiously pass this critically important legislation".

The debate has laid bare the ideological battle between liberals who support the act and conservatives who say it infringes on religious freedom.

The Equality Act met with furious pushback from conservative groups as well as feminists and women's sports advocates who said the measure would effectively eliminate female athletics by requiring schools and leagues to include biological males who identify as females. If they pass it, it will go to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. This would establish federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans in areas like employment, housing, public education, federal funding, and more.

God created every person in this room.

Twenty Kentucky communities have passed local Fairness Ordinances, which extend the same discrimination protections as the Equality Act.

Ahead of an upcoming vote on the Equality Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday asked Congress to "get it done".

"Turning the Equality Act into the law of the land is absolutely necessary to cement civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans", she added.

The Log Cabin Republicans, on the other hand, opposes the bill.

"We stand firmly against discrimination in any form".

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