California Democratic Party Opposes Discrimination Against LGBT People Under the Guise of “Religious Freedom”

RESOLUTION 15-05.38

Sponsored by Susie Shannon

WHEREAS, the recent passage of so-called “religious freedom” legislation in Indiana, Arkansas and several other states is part of a concerted effort by Republican legislatures and Governors to justify discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (“LGBT”) people under the guise of “religious freedom,” leading businesses and organizations to refuse services to members of the LGBT community; and

WHEREAS, no protections exist in a majority of U.S. states or at the federal level against LGBT discrimination and, in fact, more than half of U.S. workers work in a state where it remains perfectly legal under state law to fire someone for being LGBT; and

WHEREAS, the California Democratic Party supports the right of LGBT people to be treated as equal citizens under the law, in every respect;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party, while recognizing the first amendment protects the right to practice one’s religion, asserts that it is not a license to discriminate, opposes and condemns the use of “Religious Freedom” as a vehicle for discrimination against the LGBT community, and supports efforts to guarantee LGBT rights, including to guarantee equal protections under the law; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the Democratic Congressional Delegation, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, House Democratic Leader Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and President Obama. Sponsored by Susie Shannon and 25 DSCC members

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