As Predicted by Public Advocate: White House Backs LGBT Anti-Business, Anti-Christian "Civil Rights" Act
The Church Militant website reports:
The White House is endorsing pro-gay legislation that would prohibit discrimination toward the LGBT clique.
Known as the Equality Act, the bill would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, extending protection to those in the LGBT community from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
At Tuesday's White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest stated that the Obama administration "strongly supports" the act.
"That bill is historic legislation that would advance the cause of equality for millions of Americans," Earnest said, "and we certainly are pleased with the many legislators in Congress that have stepped forward to try to advance a bill that would deliver comprehensive equal rights for LGBT Americans."
...................One of the more controversial portions of the bill would broaden the definition of "public accommodations" to include banks, retail stores and transportation and health care service providers. The additions would insure the law's provisions cover almost every category of business.
The definition would provide a federal answer to the ongoing debate over the rights of business owners - particularly florists and bakers - to deny providing services to individuals based on religious freedom.
Lifesite News is reporting:
President Obama says he backs "The Equality Act," which would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"Upon that review it is now clear that the administration strongly supports the Equality Act," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced on Tuesday. "That bill is historic legislation that would advance the cause of equality for millions of Americans.
"We look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the legislative process produces a result that balances both the bedrock principles of civil rights...with the religious liberty that we hold dear in this country," said Earnest.
The bill was introduced in July in the Senate by Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and in the House by Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island.
One Top pro-family leader said:
...... the bill "goes out of its way to strip away any notion of religious liberty by audaciously stipulating that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) cannot be appealed to by individuals, businesses, educational institutions, or religious institutions."
"Were this bill to become law, traditional Christian, Jewish, and Muslim sexual morality would immediately be treated as suspect and contrary to federal law," he continued. "This breathtaking attempt to relocate historic religious belief outside the bounds of polite culture is unacceptable and would have negative consequences for millions of Americans."