Friday, July 11, 2014

Message from The Task Force on Opposing ENDA

We hope by now you have seen news reports about the Task Force's decision to oppose the current version of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act (ENDA). I walk through our reasoning in this Op-Ed in The Advocate ( and encourage you to read it.

It was not a decision we made lightly. We have appreciated hearing from so many of you through social media, phone calls and e-mails, expressing support for doing the right thing regarding ENDA's broad religious exemption.

We simply couldn't continue to endorse a piece of legislation that -- especially in the light of the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby ruling -- contains a huge loophole to discriminate against LGBT employees. The overwhelming majority of people across this country believe that employers shouldn't have a free pass to discriminate. Millions of people of faith believe that discrimination is immoral. That's why we took the stand we took -- to ensure that in the end we get the protections we have fought for and deserve.

We believe LGBT people deserve the same protections modeled on the language that's in Title VII of the landmark federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. This language contains protections and a reasonable religious accommodation. Equality is equality.

Please keep sharing your feedback with us as we intensify the fight for legislation that really provides the employment protections LGBT people deserve.

My best,
Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

PS: Read more about our decision to oppose ENDA in an Advocate Op-Ed here (


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284.


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