Thank you for contacting me to share your opposition to the Equality Act (H.R. 5). It is an honor to represent the people of the 10th District of Michigan and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
I believe that no one, regardless of their gender identity or sexual preferences, should be discriminated against, by our laws or otherwise. However, I share your concerns that H.R. 5 would have too many far-reaching unintended consequences.
For instance, I am concerned federal funding provisions of the bill would prevent certain non-profits – such as adoption and foster care agencies – from obtaining funds they need to continue operations. These non-profits serve critical functions in their communities and depend on this funding. H.R. 5 would also open up employers to lawsuits, empowering trial lawyers without solving true discrimination issues. For these reasons, I do not support this bill.
Rest assured, I will keep our shared concerns about H.R. 5 in mind should it come before me in the House of Representatives for a vote.
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