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.