Target: Josh Gottheimer, United States Congress Representative
Goal: Protect the rights of the LGBTQ in the United States.
Right-wing representative Steve Russell has slipped an anti-LGBTQ amendment into National Defense Authorization Act. This would revoke every single victory won for not only LGBTQ citizens, but single mothers, those who use birth control and those who practice a minority religion. This amendment would give religiously based organizations the right to discriminate against anyone who is not white, cis-sexual, straight, Christian or even male.
We cannot allow this to happen. LGBTQ citizens have fought too long and too hard to have their long-overdue rights torn away from them. They are tired, they still feel the sting of constant harassment and victimization. They have spent too long being discriminated against, and have had such a short time to enjoy their victories and freedom. Russell’s amendment was forced into the Act without even a discussion or a debate.
LGBTQ citizens deserve to hold onto their continued rights. Over a decade of fighting, struggling and suffering for their victory must not be allowed to be taken away from them in one fell swoop. Sign this petition now to protect this country’s LGBTQ citizens and their freedoms.
Dear Rep. Gottheimer,
Steve Russell, an extreme right-wing conservative, has forced an anti-LGBTQ amendment into the National Defense Authorization Act that will, in one fell swoop, revoke all the rights LGBTQ citizens have fought so hard and so long to earn. Religion-based organizations and workplaces would be permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ people, single mothers, users of birth control or those of minority religions.
This cannot happen. We must snuff out this candle of discrimination and bigotry before it can begin to burn. Please demand this amendment be removed — do not let Steve Russell force this country back into the dark ages of homophobia and hatred.
[Your Name Here]
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