The U.S. House passed the Equality on Feb. 25, a comprehensive bill that threatens pro-life laws and advances the radical LGBTQ agenda while undermining fundamental religious freedoms. After lengthy and impassioned debate, the measure passed 224 to 206, mostly on partisan lines.
Three Republicans joined every Democrat in voting for the bill. Rep. Don Young was one of just two legislators who failed to cast a vote either way. When a similar measure passed the House two years ago, Young also failed to vote.
Alaska Watchman contacted Young’s D.C. office for an explanation on why he did not vote on the measure but did not hear back him. In general, Young rarely takes a public lead in fighting for pro-life legislation or defending religious liberty, but he has been a reliable vote for these causes.
The Family Research Council, a pro-life and pro-liberty group that scores members of Congress based on their defense of family values, gave Young an 84.6% mark for his votes in 2020. Likewise, National Right to Life gave Young a 100% rating on pro-life votes, even though he did not cast a vote on the Equality Act in 2019.
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The bill now heads to the Senate, as it did in 2019 where it died in committee. This time around Democrats hold a slight edge in the Senate. With a 50-50 split, Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote gives Democrats a narrow majority. That still may not be enough to pass the legislation because the bill requires 60 votes to overcome a Senate filibuster and make it to the floor. That means Democrats need to convince 10 Republicans to jump ship.
In 2019, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to express support for the Equality Act. It is unclear where Sen. Lisa Murkowski stands, but she has increasingly aligned herself with the more radical elements of the pro-abortion and LGBTQ agenda.
If the Equality Act does pass out of the Senate and Biden signs it into law, it would change the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “gender identity and sexual orientation” among the legally recognized “non-discrimination” classifications. This would mandate that Americans accommodate and facilitate behavior and events associated with the LGBTQ movement in private establishments, business, health care, entertainment and many other areas.
Furthermore, the Equality Act would require businesses with more than 15 employees to affirm officially recognize gender identities and sexual orientations, and would ban opposite-sex locker rooms and restrooms.
On the abortion front, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act by removing any language that currently allows Congress to withhold federal funding for abortions. The bill could also be used to force healthcare professionals to facilitate abortion on demand, even against their conscience.
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- Click here to contact Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
- Click here to contact Sen. Dan Sullivan.