Thursday, November 12, 2009

Calling all Clergy and Faith Community Leaders: Your witness needed for ENDA

Within weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Religious voices are instrumental in persuading legislators to support the fair treatment of all workers by passing an inclusive ENDA.   

 If you are a member of the clergy or a leader in your faith community, please sign the online letter ( in support of equality in the workplace.   

Then, take a minute to forward the letter to your colleagues locally and nationally.  
More than 30 major religious denominations and institutions have already signed onto an organizational letter in full support of ENDA.  United by a spiritual obligation to treat others with the respect we desire for ourselves, the interfaith community is calling on Congress to pass federal legislation protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.  In 29 states it is currently legal to fire, refuse to hire, or deny a promotion to lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers; discrimination based on a person’s real or perceived gender identity is still tolerated in 38 states.  It is long past time we ended this injustice.   
 Take action and find out more online at
Engage your community further by participating in the national faith community call-in day on Thursday, November 19th.   This call-in comes on the heels next week’s expected review of ENDA by the House Education and Labor Committee.  Pick up the phone and call your Member of Congress at 202-224-3121 to demand equality with the House’s passage of H.R. 3017 (ENDA).  Look for more information and a call script in the coming days.

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