Don’t Allow Employers to Fire People for Religious Reasons

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Target: Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador

Goal: Stop efforts to allow the firing of employees for “religious reasons,” including if they’re LGBT or single and pregnant.

Employers will be allowed to fire people based on their religious beliefs even if the company is for-profit if legislation being pushed by U.S. Republicans passes. This would not only protect religious officiants from being punished for refusing to participate in a same-sex weddings, it would allow the firing of employees for being LGBTQ or of pregnant single women if they believe having sex out of wedlock is a sin.

Once again, homophobic and anti-women politicians are trying to sneak in the ability of people in power to actively discriminate against others under the guise of “protecting religious freedom.” This so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” is so vaguely worded that Ian Thompson of the American Civil Liberties Union said that it “clearly encompasses discrimination against single mothers.”

It’s bad enough that Republicans are trying so hard to roll back much-needed progress for LGBTQ people in terms of employment discrimination. Crafting a bill so vague that it allows for an assortment of additional types of discrimination is beyond unacceptable. Sign this petition to demand that this bill be withdrawn immediately.


Dear Representative Labrador,

I understand that you’re responsible for the “First Amendment Defense Act” that you claim is about protecting employers’ rights to religious freedom. Unfortunately, the language in the bill is so vague that it not only allows the firing of LGBTQ individuals simply for being who they are, it lets employers fire single pregnant women because they believe sex outside of wedlock is wrong.

The fact is there are an unlimited number of things that people could be fired for based on religious beliefs. The Christian Bible alone has been used to justify discrimination against women and people of color as well as LGBTQ people. Regardless of what you personally believe, the American people have decided again and again that employment discrimination based on things people can’t change about themselves is wrong.

You cannot justify legalizing discrimination against others under the guise of stopping imagined discrimination against the religious majority in this country and get away with it. I demand that you immediately drop this bill and stop trying to let employers fire LGBTQ people and women for things that are none of their business anyway.


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