65+ Mayors Oppose Proposed Anti-LGBTQ Rule Rolling Back Protections

Over 65 members of the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, who represent more than 21 million constituents, have joined thousands of other Americans in submitting a public comment and letter opposing a proposed federal rule attempting to undermine the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Equal Access Rule, which ensures protections for LGBTQ people seeking federal housing and safe shelter.

Earlier this summer, the federal administration announced a proposed rule that would gut protections for transgender people by removing critical equal access protections meant to ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs, including transgender people seeking to access homeless shelters consistent with their gender identity. By allowing shelters to consider factors such as religious beliefs and sex stereotypes in determining whether or not to house a transgender person, the administration is attempting to create a right to discriminate for taxpayer-funded shelters. This is especially dangerous as America continues to confront COVID-19, as the consequences of being turned away from a shelter can be dire.

The letter — which was coordinated by the National Center for Transgender Equality — reads, in part:

“As leaders of boroughs, towns, and cities, we oppose rule changes that will impede our ability to protect our constituents and provide necessary shelter. … Discrimination is never okay, but this proposal is particularly dangerous as our nation continues to struggle to suppress a national and global health crisis that has cost the lives of over 180,000 people across this nation. … As the death toll continues to rise, we know firsthand how this pandemic has overburdened our social and medical systems and impacted our constituents, many of whom may not have access to stable housing. … For transgender people, increasing barriers to health care and health care coverage is especially harmful during this public health crisis.”

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is a national bipartisan coalition of more than 400 municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all Americans, including LGBTQ people, at all levels of government.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Welcomes Mayor Joseph Geierman

April 3, 2020 by admin

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, the nationwide coalition of Mayors working to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, welcomes Mayor Joseph Geierman of Doraville, GA to the coalition.

“Doraville is one of the first cities in Georgia to have a non-discrimination ordinance that covers discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. Our city has participated in the Metro Atlanta Pride Parade for the last 2 years. In 2019, I was one of the organizers of the city’s own events for LGBTQ Pride.”

“In 2019, Doraville submitted for the HRC’s Municipal Equality Index for the first time. At that time, the city received a score of 78/100 – one of the highest scores in Georgia, and we are going to work to improve it. As an openly gay man, I am proud to have the chance to represent EVERYONE in Doraville.”

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition boasts over 300 members from all 50 states the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Welcomes Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

February 3, 2020 by admin

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, the nationwide coalition of Mayors working to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, welcomes Mayor Marilyn Izzy Ashcraft of Alameda, CA to the coalition.

“As Mayor of the City of Alameda, I am honored to join Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination in their continued fight against discrimination toward members of the LGBTQ community. No one should face discrimination because of who they are, or who they love. In Alameda, our community motto is ‘Everyone Belongs Here’ which reflects our values of diversity, inclusivity, and respect for all individuals. And as a community, we will continue to fight to ensure that our actions reflect our values.”

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition boasts over 300 members from all 50 states the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Holds Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2020 by admin

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition held its briefing today at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, celebrating the accomplishments made toward protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public spaces — including the passage of the Equality Act through the U.S. House of Representatives in May of last year.

The coalition also celebrated reaching the milestone of representation from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The upcoming Supreme Court decision in three landmark cases of LGBTQ employment discrimination was among the topics discussed, in addition to the need to pass the Equality Act through the U.S. Senate and ongoing efforts to pass statewide nondiscrimination protections.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Reaches Milestone of 350 Mayors From 50 States

November 22, 2019 by admin

National coalition hits all-time high and now represents mayors from every state

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition announced that it has reached more than 350 mayors from all 50 states across the country. The coalition, which launched in January 2017, is the first coalition of its kind to bring mayors and local officials together to take concrete steps that advance LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

“When cities and local leaders work together, we make change happen. Since the launch of Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, our coalition has grown and evolved into a thriving fellowship of local officials who are committed to lived equality for all LGBTQ Americans,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, and coalition co-chair of Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination. “Together, we are successfully building urgency and understanding around LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Now, with 350 mayors representing all 50 states as well as the nation’s capital, we look forward to continuing to defend and advance our shared values.”

In total, the mayors in the coalition represent more than 60 million constituents, now in all 50 states across the country. The mayors have participated in in-person briefings and convenings; published press statements and op-eds in support of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections in places such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, and nationwide; signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs in key court cases such as the the three employment discrimination cases currently pending before the Supreme Court, and taken additional actions to advance equal treatment both at the federal level and in their home towns and states.

“As a Republican, I joined Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination in order to strengthen my advocacy around LGBTQ equality and share best practices with fellow mayors who believe in the same values as me,” said Mayor John Dennis of West Lafayette, Indiana, a member of the coalition. “It’s more important than ever to build a better world where all Americans can work hard, take care of their families, and contribute to their communities without the fear of discrimination. Our efforts to win equal justice for everyone are stronger and more powerful when we work together, and I’m proud to be a part of this coalition to achieve that goal.”

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three cases about LGBTQ workplace discrimination that will determine whether federal law will continue to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. A decision is expected by June 2020. In addition, dozens of states are expected to consider LGBTQ-related legislation beginning next month. Mayors who are part of the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition will play a pivotal role in raising awareness about the need for a positive Supreme Court decision, as well as city, statewide, and federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ people, in all areas of life.

“As an Oklahoman, I know my state and residents stand for family and fairness, without room for discrimination of any kind: the real Oklahoma standard,” said Mayor Breea Clark of Norman, Oklahoma, which became the first city in Oklahoma to enact an LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance this past summer. “Being inclusive and treating LGBTQ people fairly is not only the right thing to do – it’s essential for our economy’s bottom line and to build the strongest communities possible. As mayors, we’re obliged to do our part to build understanding within ourselves, among our constituents, and in solidarity with other elected officials about the harms of treating people differently for being LGBTQ. Keeping our communities welcoming is a core part of our jobs.”

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is a project of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide. To learn more, visit www.mayorslgbt.org.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. We recognize the special role mayors play in protecting the rights and safety of residents and in advancing policies that move our communities and our country forward. Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to win comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination protections nationwide.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Applaud Historic Passage of Equality Act

May 17, 2019 by admin

“Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is proud to support the Equality Act which is a much-needed update to federal law to protect all LGBTQ people from discrimination,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed; Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan; Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; and Kansas City Mayor Sly James on behalf of the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition.

“As Mayors, we understand that strong communities are inclusive communities where everyone feels welcome. The Equality Act will ensure that our constituents are protected in virtually every area of life, both in their home state and wherever they may travel across the country. Today’s historic vote in support of the Equality Act is a positive step forward for the communities we serve and for and the country as a whole. All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.”

Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. For a full list of members of the coalition, visit https://mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org/.

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Applaud Historic Passage of Equality Act

May 17, 2019 by admin

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition is celebrating the passage of the Equality Act, the first-ever comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination is proud to support the Equality Act which is a much-needed update to federal law to protect all LGBTQ people from discrimination,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed; Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan; Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney; Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; and Kansas City Mayor Sly James on behalf of the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition.

“As Mayors, we understand that strong communities are inclusive communities where everyone feels welcome. The Equality Act will ensure that our constituents are protected in virtually every area of life, both in their home state and wherever they may travel across the country. Today’s historic vote in support of the Equality Act is a positive step forward for the communities we serve and for and the country as a whole. All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.”

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Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Meets in Washington, D.C.

January 27, 2019 by admin

The Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition held a briefing today at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, celebrating the accomplishments made toward protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public spaces.

In addition to a briefing on past and future developments, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was announced as a new co-chair of the coalition.

The coalition boasts over 300 members from 48 states and Puerto Rico. To date, hundreds of cities have passed their own versions of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. The coalition is hopeful that federal legislation will be introduced this year that would implement these protections nationwide.

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New York Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination Applaud GENDA Passage

January 15, 2019 by admin

NEW YORK — Today members of Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination who are based in New York issued a joint statement in support of the passage of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) which passed overwhelmingly in the Assembly and Senate after 16 years of work on the ground by local advocates.

The following statement was issued by Noam Bramson, mayor of New Rochelle, NY; Dr. Don Hammond, mayor of the Village of Nyack, NY; Thomas Roach, mayor of White Plains, NY; and Kathy Sheehan, mayor of Albany, NY:

“In New York, we believe in equal opportunity, treating others fairly, and freedom for all. New York is long overdue in updating our state law to ensure basic protections for transgender residents, and we’re proud that today legislators finished the job. Everyone is welcome in the Empire State, including our transgender friends and neighbors who work hard and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities. With this step forward, New York can continue to be a shining example of inclusion that the rest of the nation should follow.”

GENDA provides explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. It was passed in the Assembly today by 100-40 and approved by a vote of 42-19 in the Senate, and now heads to Governor Cuomo for his signature. This makes New York the 20th state in the nation to provide comprehensive and explicit protection for LGBTQ people. New York legislators also passed a ban today that prohibits so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBTQ people.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a bipartisan coalition of municipal leaders dedicated to securing inclusive nondiscrimination protections for all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, at all levels of government. For a full list of members of the coalition, visit https://mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org/.

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Bipartisan Coalition of Mayors Defend Transgender Americans

October 23, 2018 by admin

Mayors from across the country denounce Trump Administration’s plans to “define [transgender people] out of existence”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination released a statement in response to Sunday’s New York Times report, detailing the Trump Administration’s plans to adopt a new legal definition for the term “sex” that could eviscerate federal protections for transgender Americans. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering a proposal that would define sex as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” The definition means that the federal government would essentially cease to recognize the basic existence and humanity of transgender Americans.

The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a nonpartisan coalition of over 350 mayors across the country. It is chaired by Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia; Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Washington; Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri; and Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In response to the reported memo impacting transgender Americans, the coalition co-chairs released the following statement:

“As Mayors we value the unique contributions and basic humanity of all our constituents. Transgender people are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members, and they deserve to live their lives with dignity and respect. This proposal flies in the face of our nation’s values and poses a very real threat to the safety and wellbeing of transgender Americans across the country. We denounce this mean-spirited attack and stand with our transgender neighbors on behalf of fairness, respect, and freedom for all.”

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a first-of-its-kind nonpartisan coalition that launched in January 2017. Since its inception, mayors have participated in three in-person briefings; published press statements and op-eds in support of LGBT nondiscrimination protections in places such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, and nationwide; signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs in key court cases such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case; and taken additional actions to advance equal treatment. The coalition is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to win comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections nationwide. For the full list of participating mayors, visit www.mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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Bipartisan Coalition of Mayors Defend Transgender Americans

October 23, 2018 by admin
Today Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination released a statement in response to Sunday’s New York Times report, detailing the Trump Administration’s plans to adopt a new legal definition for the term “sex” that could eviscerate federal protections for transgender Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering a proposal that would define sex as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” The definition means that the federal government would essentially cease to recognize the basic existence and humanity of transgender Americans.

The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a nonpartisan coalition of over 350 mayors across the country. It is chaired by Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia; Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Washington; Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri; and Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In response to the reported memo impacting transgender Americans, the coalition co-chairs released the following statement:

“As Mayors we value the unique contributions and basic humanity of all our constituents. Transgender people are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members, and they deserve to live their lives with dignity and respect. This proposal flies in the face of our nation’s values and poses a very real threat to the safety and wellbeing of transgender Americans across the country. We denounce this mean-spirited attack and stand with our transgender neighbors on behalf of fairness, respect, and freedom for all.”

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a first-of-its-kind nonpartisan coalition that launched in January 2017. Since its inception, mayors have participated in three in-person briefings; published press statements and op-eds in support of LGBT nondiscrimination protections in places such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, and nationwide; signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs in key court cases such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case; and taken additional actions to advance equal treatment. The coalition is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to win comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections nationwide. For the full list of participating mayors, visit www.mayorsagainstlgbtdiscrimination.org.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Two LGBTQ-Inclusive Resolutions at Annual Meeting

June 21, 2018 by admin

During the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting, held this year in Boston, the group passed two LGBTQ-affirming resolutions, building on one approved last year and showing broad, bipartisan support for protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

The first resolution concerned Title IX protections for transgender students in schools. For the past several years, transgender students across the country have had to fight in court for their right to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity. In 2016, the Obama administration approved and administered guidance to schools on how best to accommodate transgender students. However, in early 2017, President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded this guidance, and DeVos later announced her department would not investigate claims of discrimination made by transgender students.

In the resolution, the mayors stated:

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors concurs that the Title IX prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex includes, by definition, discrimination on the basis of gender identity, and strongly disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice to roll back protections against gender identity discrimination for vulnerable students.”

The second resolution passed concerned nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, specifically religious carveouts around existing protections. The resolution comes following the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case, which involved a Colorado bakery who refused service to a same-sex couple, with the owner claiming selling a cake to the couple would violate his religious beliefs. The Court stopped short of issuing a virtual license to discriminate, but ruled that in this specific case, the baker’s fight to free expression had been violated by the state’s Civil Rights Commission in their initial investigation and findings.

The mayors’ resolution stated, in part:

“The U.S. Conference of Mayors opposes the dangerous religious exemptions sought by the Masterpiece Cakeshop plaintiffs, and believes that maintaining the inclusiveness of our communities requires that public accommodations be open to everyone.”

The resolutions further add to the group’s already strong support for the LGBTQ community. During the 2017 conference, a resolution was approved supporting the efforts of mayors to use their resources to fight LGBTQ discrimination.

These resolutions were spearheaded by our Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, our group of over 300 mayors who have signed a pledge to combat discrimination in their communities. Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans.

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Mayors Nationwide Show Support For LGBTQ Nondiscrimination at Boston Pride

June 19, 2018 by admin

Editors’ Note: Special thanks to Thais DeMarco Mapstone of Melrose, MA for taking these beautiful pictures as part of their work with Freedom for All Massachusetts.

 During the annual Boston Pride celebration on June 9, mayors from across the country joined together to show their collective support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination, and to speak out against a ballot initiative seeking to repeal protections for transgender people this November in the Bay State.

The mayors were in Boston for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. A spokesperson from the ACLU of Massachusetts addressed the gathered mayors about the Masterpiece Supreme Court decision, reached on June 4.

Following the law’s signing, anti-LGBTQ opponents met the low threshold of signatures required to force the issue to the 2018 ballot, making Massachusetts the first state ever to have to specifically defend transgender people in a statewide election.

 

 

 

The day of Pride, led by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, more than one dozen mayors marched alongside parade grand marshal Freedom For All Massachusetts, the campaign to uphold the transgender protections signed into law by Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2016. Freedom For All Americans is a leading member of the Freedom for All Massachusetts campaign.

Freedom For All Americans houses the Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, which all present mayors at Pride belong to; currently, the group totals over 300 elected officials in 48 states across the country who have added their voices to the growing chorus of those speaking out against LGBTQ Discrimination. In a statement, the coalition offered:

“The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition is committed to ensuring basic protections so that all people all treated fairly, no matter who they are or where they live. We strongly support the transgender nondiscrimination law in Massachusetts that has been in effect for nearly two years and which now faces a critical fight at the ballot this Election Day. As mayors, we uniquely know the importance of moving forward to strengthen communities and provide a welcoming, safe environment for all neighbors and businesses, and we oppose any ballot measure that would take the state backwards by removing critical protections.”

Freedom For All Americans thanks Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination and Freedom for All Massachusetts for their continued commitment to uphold protections for transgender people in the Bay State.

 

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Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination Welcomes Two New Co-Chairs!

June 11, 2018 by admin

Our Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition is proud to welcome two new co-chairs to leadership positions, continuing to keep momentum moving forward as we work toward full lived equality for LGBTQ people.

The two new co-chairs are Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, MO, and Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle, WA.

Both offered statements upon taking up their new positions.

Mayor Sly James:

“If we truly believe in freedom and justice for all, then there is no room for discrimination in any form against our friends, family, and co-workers, who are LGBTQIA. It is time to unite and advocate for fair and equal treatment of all people in Kansas City and every other part of this country. I look forward to advocating for the LGBT community as co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination and ensuring that everyone is welcome and supported in every community across the country.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan

“As mayor, I take seriously my responsibility to ensure that all Seattle residents can work hard, provide for their families, and live their most authentic lives without fear of discrimination. I look forward to continuing to stand up for LGBT people and for the values of fairness and equality in my role as co-chair of Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination. When we treat everyone with respect and dignity at home, our local communities thrive.”

These two mayors step into the shoes of former San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a founding member of the coalition who tragically  passed away last year. Mayors Durkan and James join Mayor Jim Kenney from Philadelphia, PA and Mayor Muriel Bowser from Washington, D.C.

Both mayors become co-chairs shortly in advance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which took place in Boston over the weekend.  Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination held a brief meeting during the conference.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans nationwide.

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Mayors Speak Out Against Supreme Court’s Discriminatory Decision in ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’

June 4, 2018 by admin

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, ruling in favor of a bakery that refused to sell a cake to a same-sex couple. However, in its decision, the Court did state that the principle of nondiscrimination is an important one, and placed the impetus for their decision on the initial action of the defendants, who they ruled violated the Free Expression Clause.

Although not a sweeping loss, the decision renews the call for federal protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Federal legislation, including the Equality Act, is currently pending in the United States Congress to correct this injustice.

Mayors in our coalition will no doubt be greatly discouraged by today’s decision, as it provides a continuing problem regarding the treatment of LGBTQ people. The majority opinion in Masterpiece, in fact, runs counter to the views of a supermajority of Americans – a recent poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that six in ten Americans (60%) oppose allowing a small business owner in their state to refuse products or services to gay or lesbian people if providing them would violate their religious beliefs.

Before Masterpiece was heard at the Court, and with the guidance of Freedom for All Americans, our Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination coalition elevated the voices of municipal leaders in an amicus brief that included more than 150 mayors representing 50 million constituents from big cities and smaller municipalities across the country. Read the brief here.

The day of arguments at the Court, December 5, over 30 mayors signed a statement as part of the #OpentoAll movement, comprised of municipalities, businesses, and other groups. The statement said, in part:

“As mayors of cities large and small, we hold a special responsibility to protect our residents and ensure their equal participation in public life. Discrimination, whatever the cause, serves no purpose but to divide our communities. Equality for our LGBTQ residents does not reduce our freedom of speech nor our religious expression – it enhances it.”

In addition, several members of our coalition wrote op-eds, speaking in favor of the principle of nondiscrimination and supporting the couple at the center of the case; among them, Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro, NC, Chris Roberts of Shoreline, WA, and our group of co-chairs, including Ed Lee of San Francisco who tragically passed away before the end of 2017.

The fight is far from over: We must continue working for our vision of a future where no one faces discrimination because of who they are. For now, the most important thing you can do is to voice your support of LGBTQ people and speak out against the ruling: share our Facebook and Twitter posts on your social media.

With your support, we will keep fighting to make nondiscrimination a reality for all LGBTQ people nationwide.

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide.

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