FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEC. 9, 2019
Sutherland Institute released the following statement today in response to proposed federal legislation by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and other coalition members, titled the Fairness for All Act (FFA), or HR 5331:
“While the Fairness for All Act has a long road ahead in terms of refinement and passage, Sutherland Institute fully supports its intent to fairly consider the rights of both the LGBTQ and faith-based communities,” said Rick B. Larsen, Sutherland Institute president and CEO. “Sutherland’s opposition to the Equality Act is based on the act’s one-sided effort to expand rights for the LGBTQ community at the expense of the faith-based community. FFA is a reasonable and productive step toward compromise.
“It is a sad commentary on the state of political affairs that an effort seeking to respect both sides of a debate – to be fair – is dismissed by some as unfair. We encourage all sides to come to (and stay at) the table, and build on this principled approach.”
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