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07/08/2014

Six LGBT groups: No you can't refuse our cake and fire the gay baker too!

by Jeremy Hooper

While I've typically gone along with them in order to achieve the goal and not make the perfect the enemy of the good, I've always been troubled by the way we are asked to cede religious exemptions that apply to us in a dissimilar and unfair way. So while I'm not necessarily aligning myself with this coalition, I do certainly understand and appreciate the reasoning:

In a dramatic move today, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced it was dropping support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Hours later, a coalition of five LGBT legal and civil rights groups -- the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and the Transgender Law Center -- made a similar announcement.

The coalition of five groups calls their request "a simple one."

"Do not give religiously affiliated employers a license to discriminate against LGBT people when they have no such right to discriminate based on race, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information," the group say in a joint statement just released.

FULL: Breaking: After Hobby Lobby, Six Top LGBT And Civil Rights Orgs Drop Support For ENDA [New Civil Rights Movement]

It has become increasingly clear that the far-right is looking to take a mile. If people are waking up and refusing to give them the inch, then they are not being alarmist—they are being prudent.

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