No one should be forced to choose between getting government-funded services and basic religious freedom, and the Administration should not provide special privileges for taxpayer-funded organizations at the expense of vulnerable people, including the LGBTQ+ community.
But on January 16th, the Administration announced nine proposed rules that will significantly change the existing regulations that govern partnerships between the government and faith-based social service providers, including those who provide shelter, food, foster care & adoption placement, veteran’s benefits, and education to the LGBTQ+ community. The agencies affected include: Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veteran's Affairs, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the United States Agency for International Development
These proposed rules would 1) remove key notice requirements and protections for program beneficiaries, 2) favor religious service providers over the people seeking services, 3) expand religious exemptions that allow for discrimination in employment, and 4) in some cases allow service providers to make benefits contingent on religious identity or participation. You can take action by submitting pre-written comments to the agencies affected here. Use the templates provided, or edit them to create a more personal letter. Once you submit your comments, you will receive confirmations via email saying your comments were received.