Excerpt from: Courage Campaign
Over 67,000 Americans have already signed the petition urging Republican governors and state legislators across the U.S. to repeal discriminatory laws and protect LGBTQ Americans. Are we missing your name?
There is a wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping the nation. SIGN to help stop the hate.
Regressive. Hostile. Oppressive. Unjust. These are just a few of the adjectives being used to describe the new surge of anti-LGBTQ legislation spreading throughout the country these last few weeks and months.
Indiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi have recently passed discriminatory laws in the name of “religious freedom.”(1) And many other states have been pushing forward similar legislation that discriminates against LGBTQ people in virtually every aspect of their lives — from the workplace, to marriage, to which bathroom one is allowed to use or healthcare services one is allowed to receive.(2)
Whatever explanation anyone wants to use to justify these backwards pieces of legislation, one thing is abundantly clear: They DO NOT protect people’s freedom. No. They protect people’s hate. They legalize discrimination and bigotry, and erase decades of social progress that we’ve made as a nation.
JOIN US and our diverse coalition of organizations and national leaders in telling Republican governors and state legislators across the U.S. to stop this blatant affront to freedom and equality. Protect LGBTQ Americans from hate and discrimination!
Major global companies from Apple to eBay have threatened to stop doing business in states with these atrocious anti-LGBTQ laws, which would wreak economic havoc until the laws were repealed.
For example, last month, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory signed a law that legalizes anti-gay discrimination and requires transgender people to use public restrooms according to the biological sex on their birth certificates, rather than the gender they identify with. Immediately after, 120 U.S. and international business leaders rose up and delivered a letter to Gov. McCrory objecting to the law and threatening to take their businesses elsewhere.(3) PayPal was the first business to make good on that promise. And Hollywood studio giant, Lionsgate, quickly followed suit, pulling production of its new show out of the Tar Heel state.(4)
Not only are businesses jumping ship, but other states are banning travel to states that have enacted these vile laws. New York, Washington, and Vermont banned travel to Mississippi, while New York also banned travel to North Carolina.(6)
Now it’s up to everyday Americans like us to ramp up the pressure on these backwards governors and state legislatures that are hell-bent on spreading hate and pushing their states away from social progress.
Help stop the hate. Tell Republican governors to repeal these discriminatory laws and protect LGBTQ Americans!
These blatantly discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ laws fly in the face of the basic American principles of fairness, justice, and equality. If we stand together, we can win the national fight for equality and stop these hateful attempts to halt progress.
Stand with us to speak out against this legalized discrimination of the LGBTQ community and demand equality for ALL Americans.
Yours in the fight for equality and justice,
Laura, along with Annie, Eddie, Emma, Ernesto, Kelsey, Lindsay, Moonyoung, Paul, Scottie, and Tim (the Courage team)
1. https://couragecampaign.actionkit.com/go/2898?t=8&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s, http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2899?t=9&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s, http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2900?t=11&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s and http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2901?t=13&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s
2. https://couragecampaign.actionkit.com/go/2902?t=14&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s, http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2903?t=16&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s and http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2904?t=18&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s
3. http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2905?t=20&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s and http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2903?t=22&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s
4. https://couragecampaign.actionkit.com/go/2906?t=24&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s and http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/2907?t=26&akid=2681.170464.ZZca-s
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