In a recent interview, Colorado
Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican, criticized passage of
the Equality Act in the House of Representatives.
Last week, the Equality Act, which
seeks to add sexual orientation and gender identity to current civil
rights laws, cleared the House. While the Biden administration has
called passage of the bill a priority, it faces a steep incline in
the Senate, where 10 Republicans are needed for the Equality Act to
escape the threat of a filibuster.
approves LGBT protections bill Equality Act.)
Appearing on Real America's Voice, a
right-leaning media network, Boebert claimed that the legislation
would place the LGBT community “higher than anyone else.”
"The so-called Equality Act ... we
all know that that's just the Democrats using a play on words.
There's nothing about equality in that act. If anything, it's the
supremacy of gays, and lesbians, and, um – transvestites,”
Boebert said, possibly referring to transgender individuals.
“I mean, that's what this is about,
it's about putting them higher than anyone else. It's not about
equality,” the freshman lawmaker told Steve Bannon, a former
adviser to former President Donald Trump.
The Equality Act is needed because a
majority of states have yet to extend protections based on sexual
orientation and gender identity.