MTG Checkmates Dems With Amendments To Protect Girls, Churches And Believers In Equality Act

U.S. House Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made her move to checkmate the Dems in The House as they reintroduce the “Equality Act.” She filed three amendments to the legislation to protect girls and churches and believers and she will dare the Dems to vote them down.

She said, “The Democrats’ so-called “Equality” Act expands governmental regulatory reach that destroys women’s rights, religious rights, and rights of the unborn. Today, I’ve filed three America First amendments to protect girls, churches, and believers.”

“In 2021, every American should be treated with respect and dignity,” said Dem Rep. Cicilline as he moved to reintroduce the bill. “Yet, in most states, LGBTQ people can be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. It is past time for that to change.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will work with him in the Senate but they do not have 60 votes and they may not even get it to pass the House thanks to MTG.

Biden’s website describes the Act:

The Equality Act is the best vehicle for ensuring equal rights under the law for LGBTQ+ Americans, and will guarantee that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected under existing civil rights laws. Biden will make enactment of the Equality Act during his first 100 days as President a top legislative priority. Biden will also direct his Cabinet to ensure immediate and full enforcement of the Equality Act across all federal departments and agencies. 

In addition to enacting the Equality Act, Biden will take action using his executive authority. He will immediately reverse the discriminatory actions of the Trump-Pence Administration and then go further to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. Biden will:

Empower federal agencies to be champions for equality. Biden will nominate and appoint federal officials and judges who represent the diversity of the American people, including LGBTQ+ people. He will ensure that leaders across the federal agencies are committed to fully enforcing our civil rights laws for LGBTQ+ individuals.

And, he’ll ensure that we give the agencies charged with enforcing our non-discrimination laws the funds they need to fully pursue this obligation. These agencies include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  

Protect LGBTQ+ individuals from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Reaffirm that the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2014, the Obama-Biden Department of Justice affirmed that the Civil Rights Act’s Title VII prohibition against employment discrimination based on sex applies to discrimination based on gender identity.

The EEOC later affirmed that Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The Trump-Pence Administration’s Department of Justice has reversed this position, arguing that Title VII excludes protections for these groups. Biden will ensure enforcement of Title VII and work to pass the Equality Act to affirm that employment discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is prohibited.

Support transgender and non-binary people in the workforce. Transgender and non-binary Americans face significant discrimination when seeking employment. To address these unique challenges, Biden will ensure that workforce and entrepreneurial training programs and resources funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Small Business Administration focus on and benefit this community.

He will also provide incentives for states and local governments to adopt programs that help prepare transgender and non-binary people for the workforce and encourage entrepreneurship. 

Stop employment discrimination in the federal government. The federal government should lead by example. Biden will restore full implementation of  President Obama’s executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors, which Trump has undermined.

The Biden Administration will also work with civil rights leaders to develop and institute implicit bias training programs for federal workers and contractors to address discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability. A Biden Administration will make the resulting training materials available to the public so other employers can conduct similar programs.