The Solution

Fairness For All won’t cause us all to agree on basic beliefs, nor should it try to. But it can, and should, show how we can live together as good neighbors while we maintain our different beliefs.

As LGBT and religious Americans exercise their fundamental rights, these communities have increasingly found themselves in conflict with one another. These conflicts have led to protracted, expensive lawsuits. Some, like Masterpiece Cakeshop, have gone all the way to the Supreme Court, and even then, have not been finally resolved.

Judicial decisions cannot provide a meaningful framework for resolving these issues in a balanced, lasting way.

Yet resolution is needed. In 29 states, an LGBT person can still be fired, evicted, or denied basic services. Across the country, faith-based charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and even houses of worship face the dilemma of complying with nondiscrimination laws that violate their core teachings or closing their doors to the sick and vulnerable.

Fairness for All resolves these issues in a balanced, sustainable way. The bill reflects four years of work and debate involving a broad coalition of LGBT and religious leaders. We call on Congress to come together in a bipartisan way, despite polarization, and pass Fairness for All so that our nation will protect LGBT Americans’ civil rights while preserving religious Americans’ constitutional freedoms.

What does FFA do…

For LGBT rights?

  • Protects LGBT employees from employment discrimination
  • Protects LGBT renters and home buyers from housing discrimination
  • Protects LGBT customers from discrimination in “public accommodations,” e.g., hotels, restaurants, and stores
  • Grants LGBT patients equal access to health care providers
  • Grants LGBT persons equal access to services funded by the federal government, such as homeless shelters
  • Protects LGBT persons from discrimination by banks and other financial service providers, ensuring equal credit opportunities
  • Protects LGBT persons from discrimination in jury service, ensuring equal ability to participate in a basic aspect of citizenship.

For religious rights?

  • Protects the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Protects religious organizations from denial of tax-exempt status for beliefs about marriage and sexuality
  • Protects right of churches, religious schools, and other religious organizations to employ only people who fully adhere to their religious beliefs and standards
  • Protects employees by requiring secular employers to reasonably accommodate religious needs, e.g., Sabbath worship
  • Protects employees from being fired for non-abusive religious speech
  • Protects right of religious institutions and schools to enforce religious standards in noncommercial housing
  • Protects key religious properties like churches from being regulated by the government as places of public accommodation
  • Protects religiously affiliated hospitals from having to perform abortions
  • Protects right of religious schools to have religious honor codes while receiving public funding
  • Protects religious schools from losing accreditation based on religious standards
  • Protects the ability of potential parents to partner with religious adoption and foster care providers who share their religious standards
  • Protects right of patrons and employees to personal privacy in restrooms, showers, and similar facilities.
How Will Fairness For All Affect Me?
These two charts show how the Fairness For All Act would affect LGBT persons and people of faith.