Statement from National Gay and Lesbian Action Fund on HR Res. 678

July 23, 2014

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Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund on HR Res. 678, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with narrow religious exemption

WASHINGTON, DC, July 23 —"Thank you Congressman Polis for listening and acting on our deeply held concerns. We are extremely pleased to see a revised version of ENDA emerge in the US House with both strong protections for LGBT employees and new reasonable religious exemption language that we have been calling for — treating LGBT people the same as other protected classes. LGBT people need strong protections from discrimination; we have waited too long for anything less. Legal equality is legal equality, and now that President Obama has signed the LGBT federal contractor and federal employee executive order, it’s time for Congress to finish the job and pass legislation that would protect all LGBT workers from discrimination. We urge law makers to seize this moment to create long-lasting change."

— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund


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