Commonwealth Policy Center

The Equality Act has been introduced in the Democratically controlled Congress. The bill adds “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as protected classes throughout the entire federal code. In essence, it makes one’s self-defined sexual preference a protected civil right on par with race and ethnicity. If the bill passes, it turns back gains women have made under Title IX which secures equal opportunities in education and sports. It would force girls’ public school sports programs to accept boys who identify as girls. And more dangerously, it would give boys access to girls locker rooms, showers, and changing stations. The bill is cleverly named as a push toward equality but if it passes it will have serious and harmful consequences on all of society.