Disney among 400 U.S. Companies Backing Equality Act, which Experts Say Targets Religious Liberty


Michael Foust, ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor

April 28, 2021


Disney, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Apple are among more than 400 U.S. companies that have joined a coalition supporting a bill, the Equality Act, that Christian leaders say would have a devastating impact on religious liberty.


The bill passed the House of Representatives this year 224-206 along a mostly party-line vote and now must pass the Senate before heading to the desk of President Biden, who has said he would sign it. Its prospects in the Senate are unknown.


On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign announced that the "Business Coalition for the Equality Act" had grown to 418 major companies. HRC is the nation's largest LGBT organization.


The list of businesses is a "who's who" of major companies in the United States. Airlines that are members of the coalition include American, United, Delta and Southwest. Media, entertainment and tech companies include Apple, Netflix, Walt Disney, AT&T, Sony, Verizon and Comcast. Food companies include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft, Mars and Hershey. Grocery stores include Food Lion, Albertsons, Target and Kellogg. Facebook and Twitter also are on the list...


... Opponents say it would harm religious freedom.


Controversially, the text of the Equality Act explicitly forbids individuals from using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to sue based on claims within the Equality Act. That 1993 law, signed by President Clinton, prevents the government from "substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion."


"The 'Equality Act' offers no protections for religious freedom," Alliance Defending Freedom said in an analysis...


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