Many religious leaders oppose religious exemption in anti-discrimination order

From Religion Dispatches:

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four pro-LGBT rights Catholic organizations, issued this statement on June 27:

“A broad religious exemption would affect not only ministers but thousands of educators, health care providers and nonprofit administrators employed by the Catholic Church. Religiously affiliated hospitals would have grounds to fire LGBT doctors. Religiously affiliated universities could fire LGBT faculty. Religiously affiliated social service and relief agencies could fire LGBT social workers and program officers.  Such actions would not only harm individual employees and their families, but would also damage the effectiveness of these valuable institutions. According to a March 2011 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, 73 percent of U. S. Catholics support laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination in the workplace. We join these Catholics in urging President Obama to sign an executive order protecting LGBT workers without a religious exemption, so that our Catholic employees can be free to serve our church and wider society without the threat of discrimination.”

You can read the full article here.

ThinkProgress also briefly mentions Equally Blessed and links to the Religion Dispatches article here.


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