Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Reject proposed First Amendment Defense Act, which defends discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.
Republicans in Congress, including 171 House Republicans, are attempting to pass a bill that would allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Businesses will be allowed to deny service based on religious beliefs, including the belief that marriage and sexual relations are only meant to be between a man and woman.
Called the First Amendment Defense Act, the bill has been introduced to Congress before but never passed due to a lack of support. However, under a Trump presidency and complete Republican control of the legislative branch, the bill has a better chance of passing becoming law. If so, the federal government will be banned from protecting those being discriminated against.
For a political party that claims to hold the U.S. Constitution in high esteem, this bill will rob many of their own constitutional rights. It will favor one religion above the well-being of others. After so many gains made in terms of LGBTQ rights, this nation cannot move backwards. Sign the petition below and demand that Congress do its duty to protect all Americans, not just a select few.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
Congress is planning on moving forward with a bill that would essentially legalize discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. Called the First Amendment Defense Act, it would allow businesses and individuals to deny service to members of the LGBTQ community based on religious beliefs. Although this bill is intended to “defend” the First Amendment, it is putting the rights of one group above the rights of others. Such picking and choosing is not how the Constitution was designed.
It is time for the Republican Party to acknowledge that it has been on the wrong side of history when it comes to LGBTQ rights. It is time for the party to do its duty to protect all Americans, not just a select few. I demand that you not move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act and protect your fellow Americans, not make them pawns in a political game.
[Your Name Here]
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