The time is now for Congress to pass legislation that advances LGBTQ rights while ensuring protections for religious freedom.read the bill
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Our nation’s founding principles are designed to provide broad freedom for all citizens—even those whose beliefs or identities place them in the minority. This commitment to civic pluralism allows Americans to remain true to their beliefs and live peacefully with one another while having real differences. Legislation that simultaneously secures LGBT civil rights and religious freedom fits squarely within this civic tradition.
Right now we resolve conflicts that involve LGBT civil rights and religious freedom in one of two ways: through lengthy court battles that only prolong the conflict, or through an incomplete patchwork of state laws and policies that leaves citizens vulnerable and creates uncertainty for individuals, businesses, and religious institutions. Federal legislation is the best way to build a sustainable, comprehensive solution for the major challenges we face.
Congress must safeguard existing civil rights laws. New legislation should not erode the longstanding protections our country has guaranteed to Americans with regard to race, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, and others. We seek a bill that extends our nation’s civil rights protections to the LGBT community, preserves those protections for all groups currently covered by them, and effectively balances LGBT rights and religious freedom.
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