Standing beside members of the House Freedom Caucus in front of the U.S. Capitol, Roy spoke about what he believes are the dangers of the Equality Act, just hours prior to its passage in the House.
He argued that the bill, which was reintroduced into Congress on Feb. 18, would trample “on the rights of the American people in the name of equality, in the false name of equality.”
The bill seeks to address discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
Roy warned about the growing encroachment on individual liberties and accused the Democrats of forcing its ideology and politics on Americans.
“This is a government using its power to tell us to bow down to the will of a cultural elite in this town who want to tell us what we’re supposed to believe. We’re not going to do that,” he stressed.
He pledged to stand up against the encroachment, vowing to fight the bill in the Senate and beyond.
“We’re not going to be painted in the corner. Because this is about ‘tyranny of the minds of men,'” he proclaimed, referring to a quote from former President Thomas Jefferson.
He added, “We are going to keep fighting it in the courts and beyond. But most importantly, for free will as American citizens and our right to live free and to alter this government as necessary if they continue to trample our rights.”
The Equality Act seeks to prohibit “discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.” The bill was again introduced in Congress on Feb. 18 after failing to pass in 2019 when then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to consider the law. It passed the House on Feb. 25 with a 224-206 vote, largely on party lines. The bill will now be considered in the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle.
President Joe Biden has vowed to enact the Equality Act during his first 100 days as president. He argues that the bill “represents a critical step toward ensuring that America lives up to our foundational values of equality and freedom for all.”
Meanwhile, conservatives and religious groups say the bill could “create a cause of action” against any groups or institutions that reject the government-prescribed “moral orthodoxy.”
Tom Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, previously told The Epoch Times that he believes if the law passes, it would “create a cause of action against any institution that rejects the government-imposed moral orthodoxy, including churches, hospitals, adoption agencies, religious orders, schools, and other nonprofits.”
“Dissenters will be driven from public life with ruinous fines and social opprobrium. Free exercise equality will not be allowed to guard against the harms of the Equality Act because it precludes the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense against adverse action based on one of its provisions,” he concluded.