The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Equality Act, a bill that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, the workplace and public accommodations.
A better term for it, however, would be the Inequality Act.
Don’t get us wrong. We’re all for fair housing and work place rules. What we don’t buy, however, is stripping away the rights of one person to make good for another.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, said it best when he explained his “no” vote.
“This legislation lacked protections for free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and parental rights,” Latta said. “Among the most egregious components is the explicit exclusion of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, leaving churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship subject to regulations prohibiting practices central to their religious identities. This goes against our country’s foundational values and I couldn’t support it.”