The Iowa Standard emailed all four campaigns of the Republicans running for United States Congress to find out their position on what Joe Biden has called his “top legislative” priority if he is elected — the so-called ‘Equality Act.’
On the surface, who could be against equality.
But the devil is most definitely in the details.
The Equality Act will grant federal civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It will put a 40-year old man who thinks he is a woman in the bathroom stall next to your 6-year old daughter or granddaughter.
It will force girls to compete with biological boys for starting positions on the volleyball court.
It will allow biological men into battered women’s shelters and female prisons.
It will result in parents losing custody of their kids if they don’t go along with gender conversion treatment and surgeries.
Every Democrat running for Congress in Iowa has embraced this ideology. Theresa Greenfield has as well.
There is no doubt that this legislation and these ideas are perhaps the biggest possible consequence of the 2020 campaign.
Yet few Republicans are campaigning on it.
The Iowa Standard emailed all four GOP congressional candidates and their campaigns last week.
We sent another email to the campaigns and candidates on Tuesday since we were hosting a Facebook Live on the topic Wednesday morning.
At that point, Sen. Randy Feenstra’s campaign manager shared his response with The Iowa Standard.
“I’m opposed,” Feenstra said.
We applaud Feenstra for taking this position.
I Googled each candidate’s name — Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and David Young — with “Equality Act.” I couldn’t find their position on the legislation anywhere.
All three have done debates, yet the media doesn’t ask about this either. This is unbelievable when it has been dubbed a “top legislative priority” of Joe Biden’s.
It wasn’t even mentioned at either of the two presidential debates or the vice presidential debate.
I guess I’ll add “to the best of my knowledge.” These races do enough debates and forums that I miss some. If I did, please feel free to provide the answers.
Ignoring this issue is unacceptable. Honest disagreements are one thing, but simply refusing to make known a candidate’s position on something so consequential is an abuse of the voters.
Republicans have rightfully criticized Biden for refusing to declare his position on packing the Supreme Court.
They should hold themselves to the same standard and answer the question on the Equality Act.