Last Friday, on a 236-173 vote, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, a bill that adds gender identity and sexual orientation to all federal anti-discrimination laws. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats in voting in support of the bill. Sixteen Republicans didn’t vote, along with seven Democrats. All three of Wisconsin’s Democratic representatives supported the measure with four of the state’s five Republican representatives voting against the it. Republican Representative Sean Duffy didn’t vote.
This bill, at a minimum, does an end-run around religious freedom, allows men to play on women’s sports teams, forces curriculum changes in public schools to include instruction at all grade levels that affirms same-sex relationships and gender transitions. The bill now moves to the Senate where Wisconsin Democrat and openly homosexual US Senator Tammy Baldwin is a lead sponsor.