Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after voting “no” on H.R. 5, the Equality Act. This legislation would withhold federal funding from any college or university that does not allow biological men to compete in women's sports, as well as gut protections for churches and other religious organizations.
“The Equality Act is a misguided bill that would ultimately eliminate Title IX protections for women,” Mullin said. “There is no doubt that Title IX has given female athletes lifechanging opportunities and allowing transgender individuals to compete in women’s sports is unfair, unsafe, and completely undermines the original intent of Title IX. As the father of three girls involved in wrestling, I want them to be able to compete on a level playing field. If our laws do not recognize the biological difference between men and women, female athletes will be the ones to suffer the consequences.”
“Additionally, the Equality Act would gut the crucial Religious Freedom Restoration Act protections for churches and religious organizations,” Mullin continued. “These groups should not be forced to provide services that go against their beliefs and that’s exactly what would happen under this bill. Freedom of religion is a constitutional right and I whole-heartedly oppose any effort to take away that right.”