Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement applauding the 15-7 Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee vote to send the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor of the U.S. Senate:
“The strong bipartisan vote in support of ENDA today in the Senate HELP Committee is no small feat and is another indicator of how far we have come as a nation, a reflection of the breadth of support for protections like this. It is long past time for ENDA to become law and I urge the Senate to move quickly to schedule a vote and, of course, to pass this legislation.”
“It is no secret that religion and religious freedom are often invoked as reasons to oppose ENDA and other measures that would ensure LGBT Americans are fully and equally protected under law. This law, however, broadly exempts houses of worship and religiously affiliated organizations, mirroring the exemptions provided in the religious discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any claims that ENDA is a threat to religious liberty are misplaced. Religion should never be used to discriminate.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.