Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), known for his support for former President Donald Trump and opposition to LGBTQ rights, had help Thursday from an LGBTQ organization on the House floor in denouncing the Equality Act.
Jordan, who led the Republicans in debate in against the bill to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, entered into the record the statement against the legislation from Log Cabin Republicans, which had issued a e-blast moments on the “frightening truth” about the Equality Act.
“I include in the record a statement from the Log Cabin Republicans opposing the legislation on the floor today,” Jordan said, without reading any portion of the statement.
The Log Cabin statement that ended up in the congressional record Friday is the same as the eblast that went out to supporters and was signed by Charles Moran, managing director for Log Cabin Republicans.
“We opposed this legislation in the past, and we oppose it as it stands today,” Moran writes. “This is a partisan piece of legislation — it has no Republican cosponsors in the House. And the insidious nature of the extreme changes it will make would irreparably harm America and all of the accomplishments we’ve worked so hard for over the last few decades.”
Moran hedges by stating Log Cabin “is not now, nor will it ever retreat on our commitment for equality for the LGBT community — the transgender community included,” but ultimately concludes the Equality Act “goes to an extreme level to eliminate the concept of gender, which is absurd, dangerous and way out of the mainstream.”
Moran, asked by the Washington Blade to comment on Jordan entering the Log Cabin statement into the record, said via email he “knew in advance” that would happen is OK with it.
“Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene actually was the one who approached him about it, as she has a very solid relationship with our Atlanta Log Cabin chapter and GA Log Cabin leadership,” Moran said.
The eblast includes a link to page on OUTspoken, the media arm for Log Cabin Republican, which delays reasons to oppose the Equality Act. The sources cited include The Federalist and the Heritage Foundation, which have established anti-LGBTQ reputations, and Abigail Shriver, who’s made opposition to gender transition for transgender youth a personal crusade.