Biden names pro-LGBT ‘Equality Act’ as top priority if elected
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Passing the radical pro-LGBT and pro-abortion Equality Act “will be the first thing I ask to be done” if elected president, Joe Biden said at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala Saturday.
The former vice president, who endorsed same-sex “marriage” in 2012, told hundreds of activists at the gala in Columbus, Ohio, that President Donald Trump’s administration is “immoral” with regard to the homosexual agenda.
“It’s wrong and it is immoral, what they’re doing,” Biden said. “Just like with racial justice and women’s rights, we are seeing pushback against all the progress we’ve made toward equality.”
Biden claimed that the Trump administration seeks to allow homeless shelters to bar transgenders from accomodation and prohibit transgender troops in the U.S. military.
The Equality Act was recently passed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives but faces opposition from the Republican majority in the Senate as well as President Trump. However, Biden vowed, the act’s passage would “be the first thing I ask to be done” as president should he be elected in 2020.
Biden, the current frontrunner among Democrats, denounced Trump for using the presidency as a “bully pulpit” for “callously extending his power” and enforcing policies such as “the Muslim ban, turning away asylum seekers [and] putting children in cages.” Biden also denounced “the current vice president” for insisting on religious freedom as “a way to license discrimination broad areas and denying LGBTQ basic rights.”
Biden promised his listeners that “elected or not, I’ll be back as a private citizen and make sure I’ll stand with you in this fight. It matters to me; it matters to my children. It matters to my grandchildren. There’s no reason we can’t do it all. Happy Pride! Remember who you are!”
The so-called Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” among the recognized “non-discrimination” categories in “public accommodations.” “Gender identity” would be expanded to include additional establishments like online retailers, health care services, recreation, and others. Also, it would compel businesses employing 15 more persons to recognize their asserted “gender identity,” as well as barring employers from “discriminating” based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” while also requiring that so-called transgender persons have access to opposite-sex locker rooms, dressing rooms, and restrooms.
Promising to internationalize the LGBTQ agenda, Biden said that as president, he would not “stand for any countries and will not cooperate with those countries who engage in this fratricide they’re moving in on.” He said American leadership to address the “historically marginalized” LGBTQ community is heeded around the world, praising the recent decision of “Irish Catholic Republic of Ireland” to approve same-sex “marriage.”
Conservatives and people of faith have long worried that the LGBT agenda is not so much to protect homosexuals and persons suffering gender confusion as it is to force Americans to violate their consciences and accommodate so-called “sex change” treatments and same-sex “marriage,” even at the risk of endangering constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and worship.
Vice President @JoeBiden delivered powerful remarks on moving equality forward and protecting LGBTQ youth against the attacks of the Trump-Pence administration during the @HRC Columbus Dinner. pic.twitter.com/HOB8wtz70u— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 2, 2019
In Columbus, Biden touted his decades-long alliance with LGBTQ activists and the Human Rights Campaign. He recalled that he endorsed same-sex “marriage” even before Barack Obama did during the 2012 presidential campaign. He offered this as proof of his progressivism, claiming that pundits “thought I had just committed this gigantic blunder.”
Biden claimed he warned Obama in advance of his announcement during a Meet the Press TV interview, saying, “I told the president if asked, I was not going to be quiet.” Biden recalled that the next day, Obama told him, “Well, you warned me.”
A Biden campaign statement claimed that Biden went to Ohio to talk about LGBT issues “not just on the coasts of this country, but in the heartland and with any and all Americans.” As proof, Biden reminded listeners that he had campaigned for Democrats in the midterm election that brought Democrats back to a House majority, thus ensuring the passage of the Equality Act. “We didn’t have to be radical about anything,” he said. “They talked about basic, fundamental rights.”
LGBT activists claim June as “Pride Month” and are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that were unleashed when police raided a bathhouse frequented by homosexuals and prostitutes. To celebrate, Biden’s campaign is offering T-shirts and other gear festooned with rainbows.