THE STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF GREATER SACRAMENTO

Resolution 2017-01

Condemning Religious Freedoms Executive Order

WHEREAS, Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento – the largest LGBTQ political club in the region – stands united against discrimination; and

WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump seeks to desecrate the U.S. Constitution by wantonly violating the First Amendment; and

WHEREAS, any “Religious Freedom Protection” Executive Order or federal legislation defiles our American values, and is an affront to religious freedom, and disrupts the balance between religious and secular rights; and

WHEREAS, any “Religious Freedom Protection” Executive Order or federal legislation will sow discord, encourage intolerance, and resurrect discriminatory policies that reap pain for countless Americans; and

WHEREAS, any “Religious Freedom Protection” Executive Order or federal legislation will present a conflict with the First Amendment religious freedom doctrine by providing exemptions that will meaningfully harm the rights of others, particularly LGBTQ individuals; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution prohibits the Government favoring one set of religious beliefs over another; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Stonewall Club of Greater Sacramento condemns Executive Orders or federal legislation that allows any discrimination, especially against those who will be most harmed, LGBTQ, intersex persons, and persons who defy sex and gender stereotypes, under the guise of religious freedoms; and be it further

RESOLVED, we rebuke any justifications proffered by President Donald J. Trump that persecution of the LGBTQ community is in some conceivable way a protection of one’s religious freedom; and be it further

RESOLVED, we denounce any and all attempts to divide and conquer; and be it further

RESOLVED, we stand united and prepared to defend our Constitutional rights against any abridgement that sacrifices the equality of many in order to accommodate preferences of a few.