Over 200 Faithful Ohioans Call on Congress to Vote “Yes” on Equality Act


May 16, 2019



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Over 200 Faithful Ohioans Call on Congress to Vote “Yes” on Equality Act


Columbus, OH --  Over 200 people of faith in Ohio 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 Ohio, click here.


Rev. Dr.  Eric Brown, Woodland Christian Church:

“My Christian faith is clear: we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. We fail our LGBTQ neighbors when we allow discrimination and injustice to persist. As a pastor, I believe it’s time for Congress to pass the Equality Act so all God’s people can flourish, as God intends for us all.”


Rev. Joan Van Becelaere, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio:

“Almost two-thirds of LGBTQ people in the United States report that they have experienced discrimination in their personal and professional lives. Now is the time for all to come together to uphold the dignity and worth of all people in our nation and ban immoral and unconstitutional discrimination against LGBTQ people.”




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