Target: Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin
Goal: Do not allow student organizations to discriminate against and exclude LGBTQ students.
It is now legal in Kentucky for student groups in colleges, universities, and high schools to discriminate against and exclude their LGBTQ peers. This attack on equality and fairness puts students’ rights at risk, and undermines policies that the Supreme Court has upheld which protect students from prejudiced exclusion from state-funded school groups.
These non-discrimination policies, or “all comers” policies, ensure that any organization that receives financial or other support from a school cannot discriminate against students for their race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. Despite being upheld as constitutional, these policies are essentially negated by the new law Governor Bevin has signed permitting groups to discriminate under the guise of religion. These groups are not private, and would be using taxpayer funds to unfairly discriminate and prevent other students from participating in school groups or activities because they are LGBTQ. Sign below to demand that this shameful violation of student rights be overturned.
Dear Governor Bevin,
The new Kentucky law that allows student organizations, funded by taxpayer money, to discriminate against and exclude their LGBTQ peers is shameful and unacceptable. No student should have to fear that their sexual orientation will prevent them from participating is school groups and activities.
Additionally, this bill undermines the “all comers” policies, which have been upheld by the Supreme Court as constitutional, preventing this kind of unfair discrimination in state-funded groups. While private groups may be allowed to express religious viewpoints, taxpayer dollars cannot be used this way. It is a violation of the rights of Kentucky’s students, and I urge you to overturn this unconstitutional law.
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