Georgia’s far-right representative Marjorie Taylor Greene who was removed from the committee this month for a history of controversial statements, tabled amendments on Tuesday to fully replace the Equality Act, a civil rights bill that would prohibit LGBTQ + discrimination.
“I introduced these amendments to the so-called equality law in order to put an end to this democratic attack on girls, churches and believers,” she said. in a report.
The proposed changes, which Ms. Greene called “America First Amendments,” echoing one of former President Trump’s slogans, would replace the bill entirely with a bill that prevents trans women and girls from being able to participate. participating in women’s sports, exempts churches and other nonprofits from the anti-discrimination bill; and more broadly, allows people to sue the federal government “if their religious rights are violated.”
Introduced last week, the bicameral equality law would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in areas like housing, employment and education, in the same way as racial discrimination and sexuality is already banned at the federal level. The bill would update historic civil rights laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to reflect this broader view. More than half of states do not have explicit protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexuality.
“Our nation was founded on the promise that all are created equal and are worthy of dignity and respect, no matter who they are or who they love,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement to the ‘time. “With the reintroduction of the Equality Act, Democrats in Congress are firmly committed to this truth: that all Americans should be treated equally before the law, not just in the workplace, but everywhere . “
Some prominent Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney have voices opposition to the bill as it is currently constituted, arguing that it needs stronger protection for people whose faith is opposed to marriage gay and LGBTQ + rights.
Ms Greene is one of them and she has always criticized and questioned the legitimacy and rights of transgender people as a whole. She did not respond to a request for comment fromThe independent.
In her statement announcing the amendment, Greene said the changes were needed to prevent “biological men” – a derogatory way of referring to trans women – from participating in sport.
In early February, she co-sponsored a law, the Old Glory Only Act, which would prohibit U.S. embassies from wearing the LGBTQ pride flag, after the Obama and Trump administrations back and forth on the practice, Mr. Obama authorized it in 2015 and Mr. Trump revoked it in 2019.
In January, she co-sponsored a similar bill, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sport Act, aimed at preventing trans people from playing sports that match their gender identity.
“As a former competitive athlete and mother of a daughter who is a collegiate D1 athlete, I strongly oppose biological men in women’s / women’s sports, locker rooms and bathrooms,” Ms. Greene said. in a press release at the time. violates women’s rights in all ways. Women’s sports should be women’s sports. “
Before being elected, Ms Greene called a drag queen an ‘abomination’ and basically said that all trans people are wrong, once writing on Facebook that ‘Trans doesn’t mean gender change, it just means gender change. gender denial and a gender claim! The truth is the truth, it is not a choice !!! “
Under the new administration, LGTBQ + rights have been a top priority, with President Biden ending the Trump administration’s trans military ban, appointing the first openly transgender public servant in federal government history to hold a post of leading health care and signing a decree. that the federal government should interpret the recent Supreme Court precedent to establish rules according to which anti-gender discrimination policies include LGTBQ + people.
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