House Democrats Introduce Resolution To Combat LGBT Discrimination, Set To Unveil New LGBT Civil Rights Bill

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Religious Objections

Once again, the Democrats have the backs of all Americans. While Republicans are idly sitting by and allowing LGBT Americans to be discriminated against under the guise of “religious freedom,” Democratic House members Jared Polis (Colorado), André Carson (Indiana), Steve Israel (New York), Mark Takano (California) and David Cicilline (Rhode Island) have introduced a resolution aimed to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in response to Indiana’s right to discriminate law.

The resolution is not a formal bill, but rather a direct “response” to Indiana and Arkansas’s bills that would allow business to possibly refuse service to gays and lesbians if they conflicted with a business owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Discrimination, of any kind for any reason, “undermines core American values,” said Polis, and that “We agree that discrimination in any form against any American is unacceptable.”

The resolution is currently being crafted into a new civil rights bill in Congressman Cicilline’s office and will introduced in the House of Representatives later this spring. The bill will be designed as a “patchwork” to state RFRA laws that have been misconstrued to allow discrimination and will make such discrimination illegal under federal law. Cicilline said:

“The bill would cut through a patchwork of 50 state laws to make sure all LGBT Americans can enjoy their basic rights no matter where they live, work or go to school. We’re not in a position yet to say that’s the case, but obviously I’m going to continue to do outreach to make this a bipartisan effort.”

House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Congress should not “waiver” it’s opportunity to correct a social wrong such as discrimination:

“When intolerance occurs anywhere, everyone has an obligation to take a stand, and Congress doesn’t get a waiver on that.”

Continuing, Israel said:

“The recent examples of legislation in Indiana and Arkansas are not where we are as a country, and it is not who we are as a community. It is important that Congress weighs in on this issue, and that’s exactly why we are announcing this resolution.  Our goal here is to make it known that we will not accept states discriminating against individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will introduce it in the Senate in the spring as well.

Once again, Democrats are on the right side of history. Hopefully Republicans will realize this is a bill they need to support if they ever hope to survive and be regarded favorably in the history books.


Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info


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