What the “Religious Liberty Task Force” Signals to the LGBTQ Community

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice is creating a “religious liberty task force.”

We believe that this new task force is being formed as an official way for this administration to greenlight discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ community, by using religion as an excuse to deny goods and services.

“Sessions is likely just laying the groundwork for all the damage he can do to women and LGBTQ Americans in the event Republicans are able to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” said the Daily Kos.

“We’ve all seen the ordeal faced so bravely by Jack Phillips,” said Sessions, cited in this The Hill article. Jack Phillips is the Colorado cake shop owner who declined a cake request, citing that he did not create wedding cakes for same-sex marriages due to his Christian religious beliefs.

“Let's be real about this 'Religious Liberty Task Force.' What the administration — which also adopted a Muslim ban — desires isn’t 'religious liberty.’ It's another license to discriminate against women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, communities of color, and so many more,” said the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on Twitter.

According to the ACLU, eighty-one percent of Americans say the law should not allow companies or other institutions to use religious beliefs to decide whether to offer a service to some people and not others.

The SF LGBT Center stands with the ACLU, NCLR, and all organizations that continue to fight for rights and liberty for all. Discrimination under any guise is unacceptable.

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