(CNS News) -- In March 2019, left-wing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) co-sponsored the Equality Act, a bill that would require schools to allow biological male athletes who identify as transgender to play on female sports teams and use female locker rooms and showers.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced yesterday that Sen. Harris is his vice-presidential running mate. Biden has pledged that during his first 100 days in office as president, he would enact the Equality Act and ensure “immediate and full enforcement” of the act across all federal departments and agencies.
A survey found that 51% of Americans oppose transgender participation on sports teams of the opposite sex, according to Rasmussen Reports. Only 29% of Americans favor allowing transgender students to participate on the sports teams of the gender they identify with, for example, allowing biological males to play female sports.
The president of the pro-LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David, called Harris “nothing short of an exceptional choice for vice president,” and added, “Throughout her groundbreaking career, Senator Harris has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community, standing with us when many, even sometimes those within her own party, did not.”
Following the passage of the bill in the House in May 2019, the president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, spoke about the bill.
“The so-called Equality Act is unfair on many fronts. It is an attack on parental rights, women’s sports, but to the millions of people of faith in this country, it is an egregious attack on the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs.”
Perkins continued, “It would position the government to lord over churches and other faith-based institutions, dictating potentially who they hire, how their facilities are used, and even punishing them for not falling in step with a view of human sexuality that directly contradicts orthodox biblical teaching.”
The bill passed the House of Representatives in May of 2019 but has gone nowhere in the Republican-dominant Senate.