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The Equality Act, Religious Freedom & Faith Responses

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT
President Biden has promised to move the Equality Act during his first months in office, but passing the legislation is no slam dunk. Opponents of the bill are outspoken about wanting to weaken the Equality Act by adding additional religious exemptions to these civil rights protections. While they claim the Act will diminish the rights of religious organizations, existing federal laws already contain religious exemptions which would remain once the Equality Act is passed.

As the legislation moves, faith leaders and organizers will play a vital role in pushing back against scare tactics in the public square and conveying how the Equality Act will enhance civil rights protections for all— including for women, people of color, immigrants, religious communities, and LGTBQ individuals - and underscoring that it does not impact the rights of religious organizations to hire individuals who are of the same faith and for houses of worship to select their own religious leaders.
Please join our panel to learn:
  • How the Equality Act strengthens our work towards a society without harmful discrimination and maintains the rights of religious organizations to make important decisions relating to religious beliefs and practices?
  • Why the Equality Act is urgently needed?
  • What to anticipate in terms of pushback?
  • What messaging tools will help shape a pro-equality faith response in the public discourse?
Rev. Michael J. Crumpler (He/Him/His)
LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director
Ministries and Faith Development

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