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Over 300 Faithful Floridians Call on Congress to Vote “Yes” on Equality Act


JACKSONVILLE, FL --  Over 300 people of faith in Florida have signed a national petition calling on Congress to vote “Yes” on the Equality Act. The House vote on the bill, expected Friday, will be a historic moment marking the first time a chamber of Congress has approved comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights protections. More than 5,000 people of faith nationwide have signed the petition, representing all 50 states and over 70 religious organizations.


The Equality Act explicitly provides comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.


“We believe equality is a right. Our nation’s laws must uphold our values of loving and caring for our LGBTQ neighbors as ourselves,” the letter states. “As people of faith, we have an obligation to be part of healing the world. We will not cease in pursuing our commitment to these values until Congress has passed legislation protecting all people from discrimination and fully funds enforcement of these protections.”


To see the letter and the full list of signers from Florida, click here.


Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches:

“We go into the waters of baptism deeply divided and we come up reminded of a God who loves us all equally and richly. My faith teaches me that there is no class, race, sex or gender that separates us. The Equality Act recognizes our shared humanity and honors how God has uniquely made us all.”


Rev. Joe Parramore, Chief Executive Presbyter, New Journey Ministries:

“It is well past time for Congress to take action to end the continued persecution and exclusion of the LGBTQ community in this nation. As a faith leader with a belief that all people are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God, I strongly encourage all member of Congress who represent Florida to stand on the side of love, justice, and equality and vote ‘yes’ for the Equality Act."




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