Mr. President: Protect Rel Freedom in Ex Order

Mr. President: Protect Rel Freedom in Ex Order

Some 160 leaders of faith-based organizations and churches sent a letter Wednesday (June 25) asking the President to include strong religious freedom protections in the Executive Order he is preparing that would ban LGBT job discrimination by federal contractors. The letter does not endorse the planned Executive Order as the best way to curtail wrongful job discrimination but instead reminds the President of the need to honor the religious freedom of faith-based organizations, many of which partner with government to serve the needy and all of whom make a distinctive and important contribution to the common good.  The letter recommends the religious freedom protections that the Senate accepted in its ENDA bill last November, but requests additional protections.  Now, when the federal government is taking special steps to protect against wrongful job discrimination against gay persons, it is essential to also honor the legitimate rights of religious organizations that have long and deep convictions about marriage and sexuality.  (This story was updated June 27; the linked letter has additional signatures, received after the letter was originally sent.  The additional signatures have also been sent to the President.)