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The "Equality" Assault

 

Dear Friend—In the name of 'equality,' a comprehensive assault on people of faith will be unleashed in Congress this week. That's because according to published news reports, the misnamed "Equality Act" is set to be introduced as proposed legislation as early as tomorrow. In so doing, we will be embroiled in defending against an all-out attack on our values, and common sense, that will require a strong, aggressive and determined effort to prevail.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

I wrote to you late last week about one element of this disturbing special interest proposal – considering belief in traditional marriage to be a "sex stereotype." Even worse, the legislation would redefine the definition of "sex discrimination" under federal law to include sex stereotype, effectively meaning that acting on one's belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman would be illegal.

The implications of that one provision are breathtaking. For one, it could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court, such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case involving Christian baker Jack Phillips, that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs.

But if the proposed Equality Act mirrors legislation previously considered, it would go far beyond considering marriage to be a sex stereotype. Among other things, it would also redefine "sex discrimination" to include gender identity and sexual orientation. It opens up the most intimate areas of life – restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. – to people of the opposite sex if they claim a gender identity matching that sex. It provides that religious belief will be no defense against a claim of "discrimination" based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex stereotype, thus effectively gutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted over 25 years ago. And it declares that it would be discrimination to counsel a person, juvenile or adult, on how to deal with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.

The proposed legislation is also sweeping in its application, applying broadly to employment, housing, civil rights, credit, public accommodations and jury selection, among other things.

In short, the proposed Equality Act represents a broad, dangerous and comprehensive attack on all Americans who believe in marriage, who hold traditional values and beliefs about gender and human sexuality, or who value diversity of opinion and belief in our society.

This assault on our values, beliefs and religious traditions must be defeated. NOM will help lead the fight against the Equality Act. Will you stand with us to help defeat this proposed law?

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We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this legislation when it is formally introduced, which could happen as soon as tomorrow. It will have the support of almost every Democrat in Congress, along with LGBT groups, Hollywood and many large corporations. We need to count on you and other grassroots supporters to be successful. Please help us win this fight.

Your prayers, grassroots involvement and financial support are needed if we are to be victorious in this battle. Working together, I am confident we can prevail.

Thank you for standing with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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