“Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” -- Better Known as Legalized Discrimination

There’s a new front in the long struggle for LGBT equality.

by Chris Lindsey & Liz Rodriguez | 2015 DFW Federal Club Co-Chairs

by Chris Lindsey & Liz Rodriguez | 2015 DFW Federal Club Co-Chairs

The LGBT communities have made great progress toward equality over the years and there is a lot to celebrate. But right now, in more than a dozen states across the country including Texas, anti-LGBT activists are trying to roll back equality under a cloak of religion. So-called "religious freedom restoration acts" (RFRAs) have nothing to do with religious freedom and everything to do with legalizing discrimination against LGBT people and other minority groups

HRC is working around the clock to stop these and other anti-LGBT legislation emerging in states across the country. Our work is far from complete, and our adversaries are counting on complacency in order to chip away at our progress. 

These extreme bills would permit anyone to sue a government entity or business executing a government policy over their personal religious beliefs. That could mean that a city clerk could shirk the law and refuse a marriage license to an interracial couple, a divorcee seeking to remarry, or a lesbian couple. That could mean that a teacher could refuse to teach a transgender student, and sue the school for asking him or her to do so. That could mean doctors could refuse medical care to LGBT people. The consequences could be immense.

More than 30 similar bills are threatening LGBT equality in states across the country. Our work is clear: it's time to stop these harmful bills. HRC has developed a resource guide to educate people about RFRAs: hrc.org/RFRA. And we'll continue to work with state and local advocates to stop such unjust legislation in its tracks.

We are committed to ended discrimination against LGBT people in all areas – in housing, employment, and public accommodation; in ending bullying and prosecuting hate crimes; in making sure that Transgender people have access to proper healthcare and that states have policies that facilitate gender marker change on driver’s licenses or birth certificates. And, yes, we want to see full marriage equality across the country.

There’s a long road ahead. Your support has brought us this far and we hope we can count on your support as we continue the journey!