Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance President, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement today following the reintroduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).
Representative Barney Frank acted in the best interest of democracy by introducing a fully-inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. A commitment to the defense of both faith and freedom has motivated Interfaith Alliance to work hard to ensure that ENDA will ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, while also including religious exemption language that would protect religious employers’ constitutional rights.
Unlike some on the radical religious right, we believe a vibrant democracy guarantees the protection of civil rights for everybody with no exception for sexual orientation. Interfaith Alliance will seek to counter the voices of a few religious people who falsely claim to represent all religious people as they attempt to quash ENDA and thus compromise religious freedom. Passage of a fully inclusive ENDA, with appropriate religious exemptions, will be a victory for democracy and cause for celebration among all who value religious freedom.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.