What the Equality Act could mean for Catholics

Legal experts on Monday explained how the Equality Act could threaten the integrity of Catholic parishes, charities, and schools.

The Equality Act, passed by the U.S. House on Feb. 25, would amend federal civil rights law and create protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity, extending those protections to all areas where race is currently protected.

On Monday, several Catholic dioceses hosted an online webinar “The Equality Act and What it Means for Catholics.” A panel of legal experts explained how far-reaching the act is, and just how much it might affect religious practice in the United States.

By codifying and protecting gender ideology in law, the Equality Act would essentially outlaw the Church’s teachings on the human person, said Ryan Anderson, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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