Today’s vote on the Equality Act makes it clear that Neil Gorsuch is an outlier rather than a harbringer among Republican elites. The Republican objection to the bill is that it would…forbid discrimination against LGBTQ+ people:
“One of the areas that this will affect is faith-based adoption agencies,” said Rep. Mary Miller (R., Ill.). “They will either be forced to abandon their beliefs or to shut down.”
Democrats say that gay and transgender people face discrimination when they try to obtain basic services or access facilities such as senior centers or restaurants, and that the discrimination shows up in lower homeownership rates, greater difficulty renting housing, and higher homelessness. They say that arguments about protecting religious freedom are a fig leaf that provide cover to damaging practices.
“Every scoundrel in American history has tried to dress up his or her opposition to other people’s civil rights in religious garb,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.).
“Their real argument, the only honest argument, is that they believe LGBT people are morally inferior and that firing us should be permitted,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D., N.Y.), New York’s first openly gay congressman.
In related news, we can now see why Glenn Greenwald is such a big fan of Rand Paul:
Across the Rotunda, Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) also waded into the fight over transgender issues. At a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine, nominated for assistant health secretary, Mr. Paul asked her if she supported hormone therapy or sex-reassignment therapy in minors with gender dysphoria, saying “we should be outraged that someone’s talking to a three-year-old about changing their sex.”
Dr. Levine, who is a transgender woman, responded that a variety of issues must be considered in treating minors.
“Transgender medicine is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care that have been developed,” she said.
Today on Tucker, why trans people are CAUSING LESBIAN GENOCIDE!