Responding to Democrats' legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Georgia GOP Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene attacked the bill, saying that it stands to "violate religious freedoms."
"It says so directly here in the bill in these sections," Taylor said. "It's a shame we aren't reading the exact text because it's the text that matters. It's doesn't matter what you have to say or what I have to say. It's the actual wording."
"This bill, in the text, also specifically talks about with respect to gender identity -- 'An individual shall not be denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual's gender and identity,'" Greene said, reading aloud from the bill.
"In the text of the bill of the Equality Act, it also says, 'With respect to sex, pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition, shall not receive less favorable treatment than other physical conditions,'" Greene continued. "As a parliamentary question, what does that mean? Does that mean that anyone can demand an abortion and it's discrimination to be refused as medical service?"
That's when Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) clarified things for Greene.
"It has been held by our courts that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not apply to civil rights laws," Scanlon said. "The Equality Act looks to treat LGBTQ individuals the same way -- or to treat discrimination against LGBTQ individuals the same way as other forms of discrimination, including racial discrimination. So these argument just don't hold water."
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