The Equality Act (H.R. 5) would nullify the critical protections to religious liberty found in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”), which Congress passed almost unanimously in 1993. H.R. 5 would place those asserting a Constitutional right to religious freedom, conscience, and freedom of speech on the defensive against what the government or private party believes on the issues of marriage, human sexuality, and gender.
The Constitution of the United States and federal law protect the rights of all Americans, equally. The Equality Act threatens to diminish those rights, jeopardizing the fundamental right to religious liberty recognized by the First Amendment and protected by RFRA. Worse, the so-called “Equality Act” creates grave inequalities between those who simply want to live according to their religious beliefs and the reigning culture of political correctness. In short, it threatens our most fundamental freedoms of speech, religious exercise, and privacy. The Equality Act upends two centuries of First Amendment law that restrains government from forcing Americans to speak messages or participate in events that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.
Listen to Kelly Shackelford’s interview with Dr. James Dobson: