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Colorado HB21-1108 Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination
The Colorado Catholic Conference opposes this bill. This Colorado bill creates non-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While there is a religious exemption clause, there is grave concern as to the extent the impact of this law will have on ministries operated by the Catholic Church in Colorado including hospitals, schools, cemeteries, affordable housing and adoption care.
Further, there are NO EXEMPTIONS to private individuals to practice their well-founded convictions on human sexuality in the public arena (i.e. cake bakers, photographers, event venues, etc). This bill will codify discrimination against anyone who has a differing belief on human sexuality.
To read the bill in its entirety: Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination | Colorado General Assembly.
To read the Colorado Catholic Conference statement: HB 1108 Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination – Colorado Catholic Conference (cocatholicconference.org)
Please respectfully and prayerfully contact your state elected representative and ask them to vote NO on HB21-1108. Find your state elected representative by clicking https://www.votervoice.net/mobile/USCCB/Campaigns/80967/Respond
HR 5- The Equality Act:
This bill passed the House of Representative on February 25, 2021 and heads to the Senate.
Please carefully read the following overview as explained by the office of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Colorado Catholic Conference.
“Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act will codify discrimination against anyone with a different belief about human sexuality and forces them to conform to government-mandated beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity under threat of criminal and financial penalties.
The Equality Act would:
Punish faith-based organizations, such as charities and schools who serve everyone in their communities, simply because of their beliefs;
Force girls and women to compete against boys and men for limited opportunities in sports, and to share locker rooms and shower spaces with biological males who identify as women;
Risk mandating taxpayers to fund abortions;
Force people in everyday life, and especially health care workers, to support gender transition;
Expand what the government considers a ‘public’ place, forcing even some parish halls to host functions that conflict with Catholic beliefs.
If the Equality Act is signed into law, the Catholic Church’s social teaching on human sexuality will be effectively outlawed as discriminatory and many of the Church’s institutions and faithful could be accused of violating this law.
To read the bill in its entirety: Text – H.R.5 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Equality Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress or by using the QR code: