HRC Can’t Decide if it Likes or Opposes Religious Exemptions
Earlier this year we complained loudly when the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) sent a letter to the Vatican objecting to Roman Catholic schools in the US firing teachers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). The religious exemption in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that HRC supports, would allow these schools to continue to do this.
We don’t insist on complete consistency, but on something this important — our jobs — our major inside-the-Beltway lobbying groups can’t have it both ways, we said.
Now HRC is at it again. The group sent around an email asking its members to write Congress opposing legislation that would allow adoption and foster care agencies to deny services to people “on the basis of their personal religious objections.”
So HRC’s,position is what? Nearly 200,000 religiously affiliated employers should be allowed to fire or refuse to hire LGBT people, but adoption and foster care agencies should not be allowed to cite their religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBT people.
How about we just make LGBT equal under the law.