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Conservative PAC attacking Sen. Peters’ support for sweeping LGBTQ civil rights bill

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A new ad from the American Principles Project, a conservative political action committee, claims that incumbent Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is “too extreme for Michigan.”

“All female athletes want is fair shot at competition, at a scholarship, at a title, at victory. But what if that shot was taken away by a competitor who claims to be a girl but was born a boy? Senator Gary Peters and Joe Biden support legislation that would destroy girls’ sports,” the ad claims.

The basis of the attack? Peters has co-sponsored the Equality Act , a bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, education and public accommodations. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also supports the bill.

While the legislation addresses discrimination in a range of areas, many Republican opponents have focused on the fact that it would allow transgender students to compete on school sports teams based on their gender identity rather than their sex assigned at birth. So transgender boys and men — born female — […]

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