On Thursday, Democrats in the U.S. House (and three Republicans) passed the Equality Act, a sweeping pro-LGBT bill that, among other things, essentially equates "gender identity" with biological sex. Rev. Franklin Graham labeled the bill "dangerous," and explained that it would destroy girls' sports and women's privacy by allowing men (transgender women) to be legally recognized as females.
"God made us male and female, and that’s it," said Graham in a Feb. 22 post on Facebook. "With some 6,000 years of human history, it has only been in the last few years that people have come up with all of these additional designations for gender identity."
"Have you heard of the Equality Act?" he asked. "The name might sound good, but it’s deceiving. It has nothing to do with equality. It’s just a smokescreen to force Americans to accept the LGBTQ agenda and it creates a lot of INEQUALITY for Christians and all people of faith. It punishes individuals and organizations that disagree based on their moral convictions."
"If passed into law, the Equality Act could prohibit religious organizations—Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, all—and churches from hiring only like-minded people who believe what they believe," explained Graham.
"The Equality Act would destroy women’s and girls’ sports in this country as we know it," he added. "It would allow biological males who choose to identify as females to compete for titles, scholarships, and recognition at all age levels." (Emphasis added.)
"The Equality Act would erase women’s privacy," said Graham, "in locker rooms, dressing rooms, homeless shelters, restrooms, and more."
"This is a very dangerous bill," he said. Graham also encouraged people to "PRAY for God to move in the hearts of these legislators and open their eyes to see the dangers looming before us."
The Equality Act passed in the House 224-206 on Feb. 25. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it must garner at least 60 votes to pass. President Biden has pledged to sign the bill into law, if it passes.