I wanted to make sure you saw this call to action. Please join us in the fight against religious exemptions to defend LGBTQ Iowans and many others from discrimination.
A Senate subcommittee will discuss this religious exemption bill (SSB 3171) in a public meeting on Monday, February 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 116 at the Iowa State Capitol. In addition to calling the Senate switchboard, please contact the senators who will sit on this subcommittee directly and tell them to vote NO on SSB 3171:
•Sen. Dennis Guth: 641-430-0424 | firstname.lastname@example.org
•Sen. Julian Garrett: 515-971-0883 | email@example.com
•Sen. Rob Hogg: 319-247-0223 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Senate bill that would weaken the Iowa Civil Rights Act and make LGBTQ Iowans vulnerable has been assigned to a subcommittee. SSB 3171 (formerly SF 2154) would broadly allow religious exemptions to Iowa laws, including the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Call the Iowa Senate switchboard at 515-281-3371 and urge these members of the subcommittee to vote NO on SSB 3171:
• Sen. Rob Hogg
• Sen. Dennis Guth
• Sen. Julian Garrett
The language of this bill is vague, which makes it extremely dangerous. For example, a pharmacist could refuse to fill a transgender person’s prescription for hormones, claiming his religion doesn’t allow him to serve transgender people. A pediatrician could refuse to provide medical care for the child of a same-sex couple because she doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage.
The consequences of this bill extend outside the LGBTQ community as well. A man abusing his spouse and children could claim domestic violent laws don’t apply to him because of his religion.
These are only a few examples of the harm this bill could inflict if it becomes law. Religious freedom is one of our nation’s fundamental values and is already protected by the first amendment. The rule of law is also important, and we cannot allow people to pick and choose which laws they’re going to follow.
Urge the Senate subcommittee to oppose broad religious exemptions to Iowa laws by calling 515-281-3371 now.
We have also prepared a form letter that will allow you to quickly and easily ask your state senator to oppose this bill.
Our state has a proud legacy of equality that has protected LGBTQ Iowans for years. We were the third state to embrace marriage equality, defying many people’s expectations. We also have anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Iowans through the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Iowa is one of less than half of all states that have these crucial protections on the books.
We are incredibly proud of the Iowa Civil Rights Act, and we must fight to defend it.
Call 515-281-3371 now and tell subcommittee members to vote NO on SSB 3171.
Thank you for fighting for LGBTQ Iowans.
One Iowa Action Executive Director
Please call. This twisting of so called religious rights will immediately damage some of our fellow citizens.