Heritage Foundation on Civil Rights



Don't elevate gender identity as a protected class

Congress should not be elevating sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class garnering special legal privileges, which is the intent of the Maloney Amendment. Even as modified, the Maloney Amendment would constitute Congress's acquiescence and ratification of the President's end-run around Congress. It constitutes bad policy that unnecessarily regulates businesses. It risks undoing the Russell Amendment which was included in the House-passed NDAA, which takes longstanding protections in civil rights law and makes clear that the president's orders are not exempt from them.

Heritage Action recommends voting NO on the modified Maloney amendment to H.R. 5055 which would ratify President Obama's 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of "sexual orientation and gender identity" in their private employment policies.

Source: Heritage Action 2015-16 voting recommendation on HR5055 , May 25, 2016

Redefining marriage sabotages child-rearing

Marriage is society's least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. State recognition of marriage protects children by encouraging men and women to commit to each other permanently and exclusively and to take responsibility for their children. The norms of monogamy and sexual exclusivity encourage the raising of children by their mother and father.

But redefining marriage to exclude the norm of sexual complementarity makes other marital norms optional and sabotages the reason for marriage policy: To ensure that relationships that could result in children are permanent and monogamous to provide children with a mom and a dad.

In recent decades, marriage has been weakened by a revisionist view that it is more about adults' desires than children's needs. This view reduces marriage primarily to intense emotional bonds [over] the benefits of orderly procreation and child well-being.

Source: Ryan T. Anderson on 2013 campaign website heritage.org , Mar 25, 2013

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