GOP is taking the civil rights movement backwards, says a Republican lawmaker article As Congress considers a bill to gut protections for LGBTQ people, it’s unclear how long the GOP will have to take the fight.
The bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
If the bill makes it out of the Senate, it would be one of the first major legislative changes in the past 20 years to erase protections for the LGBTQ community.
“It’s going to be hard to go back to a time when people were not afraid to be themselves, to be proud of their identity,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.
The Religious Freedom Act has been under attack for weeks, but Republican leaders are already moving ahead.
They have pushed back against a bipartisan effort from Democrats to bring a companion bill to the floor, but the bill has fallen far short of the 100-member threshold required by the Senate.
It is unclear whether the GOP-controlled Senate will move forward.
It’s not only Republicans who are fighting back.
A coalition of LGBT advocates and organizations are circulating a petition asking lawmakers to support the measure.
A group of LGBT activists are also asking Republicans to oppose the bill, arguing that it is not enough to just gut protections.
“There is still much work to be done, especially in regards to the religious liberty provisions of the bill,” the petition reads.
The pushback against the bill is coming in the wake of an outpouring of support for the civil liberties movement.
LGBT activists and allies have been pushing for LGBTQ protections in Congress for years, but lawmakers have largely kept quiet.
The legislation has gained bipartisan support in the House, but Republicans are divided on the Senate bill.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R, Colorado, who was a leading advocate for the bill last year, said the bill “doesn’t really pass muster.”
Gardner also said the GOP needs to do more to combat the harmful effects of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, particularly when it comes to anti-transgender violence.
The House and Senate have not voted on the bill since January.
While some of the concerns about the bill are valid, many of them are rooted in ideology and don’t address the reality that anti-discrimination protections don’t stop the hateful violence that has plagued the LGBTQ communities for years.
For example, the legislation would ban discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, gender identity or expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, marital status, military family status, veteran status, genetic information, or religion.
This would mean businesses could refuse service to someone who is transgender or if they have a protected status as a protected class under the federal government’s federal civil rights laws.
The civil rights legislation also includes provisions to prevent discrimination in the workplace and in housing, including protections for people with disabilities, seniors, people with HIV/AIDS, and the disabled.
Some lawmakers also support the bill’s repeal of a ban on employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation.
A provision in the bill would bar federal agencies from requiring transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
This could potentially result in some employees being fired, but it is unclear how this would impact businesses that are already under fire for anti- LGBT bias.
There are other provisions that would make it harder for people to access health care, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate, which requires Americans to purchase health insurance or face fines.
Some Republicans have also opposed the legislation because they fear it could hurt religious freedom.
Rep. Tom McClintock, R of California, has called the bill an effort to impose religious beliefs on people, but other lawmakers have called it a way to allow businesses more freedom to discriminate.
“When we look at the history of this legislation, we see the same pattern of discrimination that was occurring with the Civil War and with segregation,” McClintocks said.
“This is an attempt to put religion in the hands of government and say we are going to protect the religion of people but we are not going to put the rights of people above people’s rights.”
The Republican-led House also passed a bill last week that would prevent the federal courts from ordering states to comply with anti-poverty programs.
The Republican plan also would prohibit federal agencies and the federal court system from enforcing laws that discriminate against LGBT people, including LGBTQ protections.
It also would require that courts issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, including those who were married in states that have legalized same-gender marriage.
The Senate’s bill also contains language that would allow states to opt out of federal protections on the basis of religious freedom if they don’t like a particular policy or religious belief.
The proposal was introduced by Sens.
David Vitter, R -Louisiana, and Tom Coburn, R –Oklahoma, but they were blocked by a Democratic filibuster.
The Democratic filibuster blocked the legislation from passing the Senate with the 60 votes it needed. The