On Wed., March 3, NRB sent a letter to all 100 United States senators recommending that they vote against the Equality Act when it reaches the Senate floor.
NRB opposes the so-called Equality Act because it creates further inequality by punishing Christians and other people of faith who hold sincere beliefs about the definition of marriage and biological sex.
Originally introduced to the House of Representatives in March 2019 by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. While this bill is intended to protect the rights of LGBT Americans, the so-called Equality Act would actually fight against equality by penalizing people of faith who hold sincere beliefs about marriage and biological sex. This bill would leave many Americans unable to live and work according to their consciences.
“As CEO of National Religious Broadcasters and the millions of viewers and listeners NRB represents, I write today to express our concern over the Equality Act which will soon be coming to you for a vote,” NRB CEO Troy Miller wrote in his letter to senators.
In his letter, Miller clearly pointed out that this bill is a direct assault on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“The Equality Act is a weapon against those who wish to live daily according to the tenets of their faith regarding marriage and human sexuality,” Miller said. “It does not have an effective exemption for religious employers. In fact, it would write into law a large carve-out to the broad, bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, thereby undermining that very important law.”
NRB will continue to work against legislation like the Equality Act that threatens the foundational right of all Americans to live and work according to their deeply held religious beliefs.