SBC messengers passed a resolution Tuesday that warned of the effects of the Equality Act. The bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes for public places, education and employment.
Family Research Council, a prominent social-conservative organization, is opposing Rep. Elise Stefanik’s bid for a spot within House Republican leadership, pointing to her past support for the Equality Act and her less-than-perfect record on pro-life issues.
In light of the very real threat posed by the Equality Act, a number of Christians have offered compromise solutions, most notably the Fairness for All Act. FFA would carve out exemptions for churches and certain religious organizations, though it’s unclear which ones. It would not, however, protect the religious freedoms of private Christian citizens who are medical professionals, business owners, bakers, florists, photographers, and so on.
The Equality Act's impact on religious freedom has led many Christian leaders to oppose it. One of those is Albert Mohler, who writes in a new analysis in The Public Discourse that the Equality Act “represents the greatest present threat to religious liberty in the United States.”
After Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY asserted that “God’s will is no concern of this Congress” during debates over the Equality Act on the House floor last week, Rep. Greg Steube from Florida issued a public response. In his response, Steube asserted that “If we're not on the shoulders of God as it talks about in scripture, then we're on the shoulders of somebody else that I don't care to be on the shoulders of."