Conservatives Against Discrimination: Guiding Principles

As Conservatives Against Discrimination, we believe LGBTQ Americans should be free from discrimination. That’s why we support updating our nation’s nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBTQ Americans, not just because they are a genuine reflection of our conservative values, but because freedom and fairness for all are values that make our country stronger.

We have joined together in the belief that our country can better live up to its ideals of freedom and justice for all. We support passage of express and explicit federal nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans in employment, housing, education, healthcare, and public spaces.

Freedom means freedom for everyone. Our nation is at its best when all people are free to work hard and prosper. As conservatives, standing up against discrimination is only natural – because we value individual liberty, hard work, and freedom for all.

The Golden Rule teaches us to treat others the way we want to be treated. Everyone, including our gay and transgender neighbors, should be free to go about their daily lives – go into a store, check in to a hotel, eat a meal at a restaurant, apply for a job, and rent or own a home – without fear of harassment or discrimination.

THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE IS IMPORTANT, AND WE’RE NOT GOING BACKWARD:

As we continue to strive for a more perfect union, it is critical that all of our fellow Americans have the opportunity to succeed in our great nation. In recent years, there have been critical steps forward to ensure that gay and transgender people are treated fairly and equally under our laws. We will not support any attempts to roll back existing protections for LGBTQ Americans or any other Americans.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS ONE OF OUR MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AS AMERICANS:

Freedom of religion is important to all of us, including LGBTQ people. It is fundamental to our nation’s promise of freedom and fairness for all. That’s why it’s already protected by the First Amendment to the constitution. And the good news is, that will never change.

Safeguarding religious freedom is not at odds with protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in their daily lives. We can and we must ensure that all Americans are free from discrimination no matter who they they are, whom they love, or how they worship.

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