May 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—strongly condemned a possible “License to Discriminate” Executive Order.

Said PFLAG National Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm, “This pattern of using religion as a tool for divisiveness and harm is profoundly un-American, and goes against our shared common values of kindness, fairness, and treating others with dignity. Many PFLAGers across the country--both people of faith and those rooted in secular traditions--support religious freedom. The Constitutionally protected freedom to  hold religious beliefs does not grant the right--whether by executive order or legislation--to discriminate. It is a fundamental tenet of our democracy.

PFLAG is putting legislators at every level of government on notice: Just as we did in North Carolina on HB2, and Indiana on their so-called religious freedom act, PFLAG members and supporters everywhere will fight this. We will not let religion be twisted into a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and send a harmful message to children. PFLAG is watching, we will not be silent and will resist these actions.”

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For more information on PFLAG’s advocacy work, visit pflag.org/advocacy-101.

PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

Diego Sanchez
dsanchez@pflag.org
(617) 835-1455
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