Congressman Married to Other Man on Equality Act Opponents: ‘They Believe LGBT People Are Morally Inferior’

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 1, 2021 | 12:55pm EST
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his then-fiance Randy Florke at the 2014 Human Rights Campaign gala in New York, New York. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his then-fiance Randy Florke at the 2014 Human Rights Campaign gala in New York, New York. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D.-N.Y.), who is in a same-sex marriage, said on the House floor on Thursday that opponents of the Equality Act “believe LGBT people are morally inferior.”

The Equality Act, which passed the House early on Saturday, would force schools in the United States to let biological males play on girls’ sports teams and use their locker rooms, restrooms and dressing rooms.

“I was thinking about my kids as I walked onto the floor today, and I have just one question to those who today, with their votes, would seek to perpetuate legal discrimination against millions of American families, including mine,” said Maloney. “Why are they afraid to just say what they really believe?

“Why hide behind the ridiculous, embarrassing, easily debunked arguments, falsehoods, fearmongering about locker rooms and women's sports and religious practices that will never be harmed?” said Maloney. “Why not just say what they really mean?

“I tell you what, Madam Speaker, I will say it for them,” he said. “Their real argument, the only honest argument, is that they believe LGBT people are morally inferior and that firing us should be permitted.

“They argue the longstanding protections we already provide in the civil rights laws for religious practice for some reason aren't good enough,” he said. “Here they demand more capacity to hate on gay people than they would ever claim as a religious right to discriminate on the basis of race.”

“The true argument is that their beliefs demand existing discrimination against LGBT people be allowed,” Maloney said. “That is their true argument. That is pro-discrimination.

“Our argument is that discrimination is wrong and that it should not be permitted, and that the exercise of religion here can be protected just as we do in every other civil rights context--no more, no less,” he said.

Here is the full text of Maloney’s statement about the opponents of the Equality Act:

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D.-N.Y.): "Madam Speaker, I was thinking about my kids as I walked onto the floor today, and I have just one question to those who today, with their votes, would seek to perpetuate legal discrimination against millions of American families, including mine.

"Why are they afraid to just say what they really believe? Why hide behind the ridiculous, embarrassing, easily debunked arguments, falsehoods, fearmongering about locker rooms and women's sports and religious practices that will never be harmed? Why not just say what they really mean?

"I tell you what, Madam Speaker, I will say it for them. Their real argument, the only honest argument, is that they believe LGBT people are morally inferior and that firing us should be permitted. They argue the longstanding protections we already provide in the civil rights laws for religious practice for some reason aren't good enough. Here they demand more capacity to hate on gay people than they would ever claim as a religious right to discriminate on the basis of race.

"Would any opponent of this bill argue that their religion gives them the right to deny an African-American couple service at a restaurant? That is exactly the argument made on this floor 60 years ago when others, making so-called faith-based arguments, sought to defeat the civil rights laws in the first place.

"The true argument is that their beliefs demand existing discrimination against LGBT people be allowed. That is their true argument. That is pro-discrimination.

"Our argument is that discrimination is wrong and that it should not be permitted, and that the exercise of religion here can be protected just as we do in every other civil rights context--no more, no less.

"It is no wonder, but it is sad, that they deny the truth of their position here. These same Members spread the incendiary lie that the election was stolen and play footsie with dangerous conspiracy groups who attacked this building. They tell us mask-wearing infringes on their rights despite a public health emergency.

"They deny school shootings are real or that a plane hit the Pentagon. Let history record the vote today. One side votes for love."

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