The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly lobbied against the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which ultimately became law last year, because it included support for LGBTQ people, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
Via LGBTQ Nation:
The group of church leaders also opposes the Violence Against Woman Act for the same reason.
“All persons must be protected from violence, but codifying the classifications ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ as contained in S. 47 is problematic,” the bishops admitted in a statement.
The men also refuse to consider providing broader public accommodations protections for women, people of color, and the disabled that would be included in the Equality Act because the bill would provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The bishops previously criticized the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) because it doesn’t distinguish “between sexual inclination and sexual conduct” and does “not represent an authentic step forward in the pursuit of justice in the workplace.”
The bishops even oppose the Fairness for All Act, legislation promoted by Republicans that would provide some nondiscrimination protections but with larger religious exemptions. That version is supported by the Church of Latter-day Saints, the Orthodox Union, and several other religiously affiliated groups.
LGBTQ Nation noted that “The Equality Act would amend federal civil rights law to include prohibitions for discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federally funded programs, credit, and jury service.”
Image: Mass from Baltimore at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2019 Fall General Assembly. (Screengrab / Daily Mass / YouTube)