FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 29 October 2013
Media Contact: Heather Cronk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-491-7240
WASHINGTON, DC — After the announcement yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) up for a floor vote before Thanksgiving, GetEQUAL — a national grassroots social justice organization working for the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans — issued the following statement:
“While we are glad that ENDA will receive a vote in the Senate for the first time in almost 20 years, we are dismayed that the bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. Broad religious exemptions in the bill actually make it possible that institutions such as schools, hospitals, and universities can continue discriminating against LGBT employees and prospective employees.
We’ve seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before around access to birth control, and believe that the bill as written will establish a precedent that religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality — a dangerous, unnecessary, and un-American precedent.
We’re calling on progressive champions in the Senate — including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Sherrod Brown — to speak out against these exemptions, establishing a clear record that these exemptions are not necessary and are not acceptable in 2013.”
GetEQUAL is a national grassroots social justice organization whose mission is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information, go to www.getequal.org. You can also follow GetEQUAL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/getequal or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/getequal.