Keeping religious exemptions out of the executive order

Greetings from South Africa.

GetEQUAL

Dear Christopher --

For the past two years, GetEQUAL and our community of organizers have worked tirelessly for the most basic protections we can ask from our government, and we are about to finally see a historic day for the LGBTQ community -- President Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ individuals!

In our work to ensure that President Obama made good on his campaign promise to sign this executive order, GetEQUAL activists risked arrest, crashed fundraisers, and even interrupted the White House Easter Egg Hunt in order to stand up for ourselves and our families. This victory belongs to every single person who has signed a petition, made a call, withheld donations, or put their body on the line so that the nearly 25% of Americans who work for federal contractors will have these workplace protections.

We wanted to let you know the news and to briefly celebrate -- but we have just a few weeks to ensure that this executive order doesn’t contain exemptions for religiously-affiliated groups that would drive a big hole through the middle of it. Federal contractors are paid with taxpayer money -- and using taxpayer money to pay for discrimination is simply wrong. We know the religious right is already putting up a fight about this, and we must do the same!

Sign this petition, insisting that President Obama keep religious exemptions out of the executive order:  http://getequal.org/keep-exemptions-out-of-the-executive-order/

We’ll deliver your signature to the White House next week, and we want to include as many voices as possible -- sign the petition today to make sure that we secure equality without asterisks!

For years, we have heard the same lines over and over again -- that legislation is the only answer, that executive action isn’t the way forward...we even heard from John Boehner that LGBTQ Americans are already protected from discrimination in the workplace (which is clearly a lie!). But we know the truth -- that it is never the wrong time to push for what we know we need and for what we know we deserve.

Sign this petition, insisting that President Obama keep religious exemptions out of the executive order:  http://getequal.org/keep-exemptions-out-of-the-executive-order/

Power concedes nothing without demand,

Heather Cronk, Co-Director

P.S. -- It takes resources to ensure that we can continue to pressure our leaders to take action. Can you chip in $20 today to help us win more of these victories? Simply click here:  www.getequal.org/donate .

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GetEQUAL is building a grassroots movement to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans equal under the law. Connect with us and with others in this movement via Facebook and Twitter. You can help power our work by getting involved locally and by donating to support the work of activists across the country.

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Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2014 at 1:21pm

Signed.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 17, 2014 at 1:08pm

The link only wants me to sign up for gmail.

Comment by Christopher Cosgrove on June 17, 2014 at 8:18am

Thanks - here is the full blurb. I tried to copy the link from the middle of the content but that didn't work. Hopefully this helps.

GetEQUAL

Dear Christopher --

For the past two years, GetEQUAL and our community of organizers have worked tirelessly for the most basic protections we can ask from our government, and we are about to finally see a historic day for the LGBTQ community -- President Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBTQ individuals!

In our work to ensure that President Obama made good on his campaign promise to sign this executive order, GetEQUAL activists risked arrest, crashed fundraisers, and even interrupted the White House Easter Egg Hunt in order to stand up for ourselves and our families. This victory belongs to every single person who has signed a petition, made a call, withheld donations, or put their body on the line so that the nearly 25% of Americans who work for federal contractors will have these workplace protections.

We wanted to let you know the news and to briefly celebrate -- but we have just a few weeks to ensure that this executive order doesn’t contain exemptions for religiously-affiliated groups that would drive a big hole through the middle of it. Federal contractors are paid with taxpayer money -- and using taxpayer money to pay for discrimination is simply wrong. We know the religious right is already putting up a fight about this, and we must do the same!

Sign this petition, insisting that President Obama keep religious exemptions out of the executive order:  http://getequal.org/keep-exemptions-out-of-the-executive-order/

We’ll deliver your signature to the White House next week, and we want to include as many voices as possible -- sign the petition today to make sure that we secure equality without asterisks!

For years, we have heard the same lines over and over again -- that legislation is the only answer, that executive action isn’t the way forward...we even heard from John Boehner that LGBTQ Americans are already protected from discrimination in the workplace (which is clearly a lie!). But we know the truth -- that it is never the wrong time to push for what we know we need and for what we know we deserve.

Sign this petition, insisting that President Obama keep religious exemptions out of the executive order:  http://getequal.org/keep-exemptions-out-of-the-executive-order/

Power concedes nothing without demand,

Heather Cronk, Co-Director

P.S. -- It takes resources to ensure that we can continue to pressure our leaders to take action. Can you chip in $20 today to help us win more of these victories? Simply click here:  www.getequal.org/donate .

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GetEQUAL is building a grassroots movement to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans equal under the law. Connect with us and with others in this movement via Facebook and Twitter. You can help power our work by getting involved locally and by donating to support the work of activists across the country.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 17, 2014 at 8:14am

You need to check your link.  All it does is prompt for my G-Mail account.

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