The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality

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IN ORDER TO FULFILL the promises of life and liberty, and to ensure equal protection of the law as guaranteed by the United States Constitution;

TO PROTECT the inalienable human right to be safe from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as required by international law and treaty; and

TO END the systemic stigmatization, cease the societal rejection and heal the suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as mandated by conscience;

WE, the undersigned, pledge our support for the passage of omnibus LGBT equality legislation that grants full non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity equal to those accorded other statuses under existing civil rights laws and Supreme Court jurisprudence, specifically including:

  1. Public Accommodations (Title II, 1964 Civil Rights Act)(e.g., restaurants, hotels, theaters)
  2. Public Facilities (Title III, 1964 Civil Rights Act) (e.g., courthouses, jails, hospitals, parks)
  3. Federally-Funded Programs (Title VI, 1964 Civil Rights Act) (e.g., adoption, police, schools, homeless youth, health care)
  4. Employment (Title VII, 1964 Civil Rights Act; 1978 Civil Service Reform Act; 1991 Government Employee Rights Act; 1995 Congressional Accountability Act; 10 U.S.C. Ch. 37) (e.g., civilian and military government, private sector)
  5. Housing (Title VIII, 1968 Civil Rights Act, aka the Fair Housing Act) (e.g., rental, purchase, finance)
  6. Education (Title IX, 1972 Education Amendments Act) (e.g., schools, bullying)
  7. Credit (1974 Equal Credit Opportunity Act) (e.g., credit cards)
  8. Federal Marriage Equality (based on gender, SO) (e.g., 1967 Supreme Court Decision, Loving v. Virginia)
  9. Immigration, Disability, and Family Leave (Uniting American Families Act (proposed), the American With Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act)

We call upon the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to lead the way by filing an omnibus LGBT equality bill immediately that includes all of the provisions enumerated above.

We further call upon Congress, and all candidates for elected office, to sign this pledge to pass such omnibus LGBT equality legislation immediately, but no later than 2014 — the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — fulfilling both their individual duty and that of the United States government to ensure justice, equality, and fundamental human rights protections for all Americans.

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Endorsing Organizations (alphabetical as of July 17, 2013)

ActOnPrinciples *Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons *Affirmations – MichiganAgape Metropolitan Community ChurchThe American Equality Bill (AEB) ProjectArizona Stonewall DemocratsArizona TransAlliance * Arizona Women In TuneAsociacion de Mujeres ProgresistasAssociation of Affirming and Welcoming BaptistsThe Association of Practical ChristiansBelieve Out LoudBisexual Queer Alliance ChicagobloomingOUT * Capital City GLBTA Democratic Caucus Tallahassee * Center for Equality South DakotaCenter for Human Rights and Constitutional Law * City University of New York Gay-Straight Alliance * The Civil Rights AgendaThe Civil Rights Walk Across AmericaCoalition for Justice & Respect (Chicago)Colorado AIDS Project * Compass G&L Community Center of The Palm Beaches * Community Action & Alliance Network *  Conscious Contact NYCUNY LGBT Task Force * The D.C. Center for the LGBT CommunityThe Delta Foundation Pittsburg PrideDemocratic Headquarters of the Desert Desert Stonewall DemocratsDestiny Dominion ChurchDirect Action Network (San Antonio) * Dreams of Hope *Duke City Darlins * DyssonanceeQualityGiving.orgEquality Hawaii * Equality KansasEquality Illinois * Equality LouisianaEquality MarylandEquality NevadaEquality PennsylvaniaEquality Rochester NY * Equality South DakotaEquality Southwest WashingtonEquality Utah * Equally BlessedFairfax Pride VirginiaFaith in America * The Family Tree – LGBT Center TallahasseeFounders MCC Los Angeles * Free to Be – GLBT Advocacy & Youth ServicesFreedom to Marry OhioForum for EqualityForward Equality (Nebraska)Gay Activist Alliance in Morris CountyGay Grassroots (Florida) *Gay Marriage OregonGender Rights Maryland * GetEQUALGetEQUAL –  FloridaGetEQUAL – GeorgiaGetEQUAL – IndianaGetEQUAL – OhioGetEQUAL – TexasGLBT Caucus Democrat Party of HawaiiGlobal Justice InstituteGreater Palm Springs Pride * Harlem PrideHollabackHonolulu Pride * Hudson Pride Connections CenterHudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center * Identity, Inc. AlaskaInterPrideJacksonville Committee for EqualityJacksonville Florida Black PrideJoin-The-Impact-MassachusettsJoplin Pride Center * Joshua Tree Gay Pride FestivalKauai Pride * Kentucky Equality FederationLet’s Reach One MillionLGBT Caribbean * The LGBT Center of RaleighThe LGBT Center of the Warwick Valley *The LGBT Community Center of Central FloridaThe LGBT Community Center of the Desert (California) * LGBT Democrats of Virginia * The LGBT Resource Center for the 7 RegionsLivelocity * LIT Social Justice Center * Love Under Fire - AtlantaLouisiana Trans Advocates * Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania * Marriage Equality KentuckyMarriage Equality New YorkMarriage Equality USAMethodist Federation for Social ActionMetropolitan Community ChurchesMetropolitan Community Church of New York * Metropolitan Community Church Coachella Valley, CAMinnesota LGBT Therapists * The Montrose Center – HoustonMontrose StarMore Light Presbyterians * National Organization for Marriage EqualityNebraskans for EqualityNew Haven Pride CenterNGLCCNYNo Longer Silent-Clergy for Justice (Arizona) * Northern Oregonians for Equality & RespectNWA PrideNYC Black Justice AllianceNYC LGBT Chamber of CommerceOccupy Albany – LGBT CaucusOccupy Equality * Orange County NY PrideOurSisterCircleOut4Immigration * Out In The Silence CampaignOuter Banks Pride (North Carolina) * Outreach (Centenary College) * Palm Beach County Human Rights Council * PFLAG Ann ArborPFLAG Central Oregon * PFLAG Collingswood NJ * PFLAG Indianapolis * PFLAG O’ahu * PFLAG PasadenaPFLAG Phoenix People Acting for Change and Equality (Louisiana) * Persian LGBT Advisory ServicesPride at Work AFL-CIO – Rochester Finger Lakes ChapterPRIDE Democrats New YorkThe Pride NetworkPride New Orleans Celebration * Progressive Democrats of DelawareProgressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)Progressives for America * Progressive Oasis – OmahaQueens Community House * Queer Advocacy Network, University of Wyoming * Queer Asian Pacific-Islander AllianceQueering Occupy Wall Street Caucus (New York)Rainbow Bracelet ProjectRainbow House LGBT Community CenterReconciling Ministries NetworkThe Reformed Catholic Church * Restore Our Humanity River City PrideRU12 Community Center (Vermont) * San Francisco PrideThe Sanctuary Project Veterans * Shoutocracy * The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (San Francisco)Social Outreach Seattle * Spread Peace USASteel City Stonewall DemocratsSTONEWALL Veterans’ AssociationSouth Carolina Equality Spencer Pride Indiana * Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition * This is HOWThe Trans 100 * Transgender Resource Center of New MexicoTriangle Community Center CTTrinity University Sexual Diversity AllianceTrue Stories ProjectUAFA WatchUlster County Democratic WomenThe Unitarian Universalist AssociationThe United Church of Christ * Unity Fellowship NewarkUniversity of Georgia LGBT Resource CenterUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln – Committee for LGBT Concerns * University of New Mexico Student Groups * Utah Pride CenterVenusPlusXWest Virginia Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceThe Wig ProjectWilliam Way Community CenterWisconsin National Organization for WomenWoodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

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