Background: On May 13, 2016, the Obama Administration’s Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students, declaring that the agencies would “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX.” This brash claim clearly ignores the letter and the spirit of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, which intended to protect against discrimination based on individual’s biological sex, not their subjective self-perceived gender identity.
Problem: In his article responding to the guidance, Obama Unilaterally Rewrites Law, Imposes Transgender Policy on Nation’s Schools, Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., the William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, points out three major problems with this sweeping and illegal executive overreach:
Last Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives defeated an anti-religious liberty amendment offered by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) 15% to the 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon/VA) appropriations bill (H.R. 4974). Though not immediately clear at first glance of the actual amendment text, the Maloney amendment would have further ratified an overreaching executive order issued by President Obama in 2014, which threatens religious liberty for private institutions who may contract with the federal government. As The Heritage Foundation’s expert on religious liberty Ryan Anderson wrote in 2014,
“[President Obama’s executive] order disregards the consciences and liberties of people of goodwill who happen not to share the government’s opinions about issues of sexuality. All Americans should be free to contract with the government without penalty because of their reasonable beliefs about morally contentious issues.”
How does the EO disregard conscious and liberty, infringe upon the First Amendment, and the free exercise of religion? There are at least 4 main policy problems, which Ryan Anderson also detailed last week after the Maloney amendment failed:
In a recent exchange with his constituents, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% discussed big government’s threat to religious freedom and what he is doing to respond:
The following were remarks made by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) 91% at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit earlier this month.
January 22, 2014 will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that along with an accompanying ruling Doe v. Bolton allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states. Since then, about 55 million babies have been killed by abortion. Since then, pro-life America has fought to protect life both at a cultural and political level.
Obamacare was a setback for the unborn and those working to protect their lives.
The Heritage Foundation’s Sarah Torre explains:
Obamacare requires that, as of January 1, 2014, all individuals obtain qualified health insurance through their employer, on an exchange, or elsewhere. Consequently, millions of Americans have been looking to purchase health plans through state and federally run health insurance exchanges.