The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality

(Approved by Consensus Vote, Dec. 11, 2012)

THE PLEDGE FOR FULL LGBT EQUALITY

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 in January 2012 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.

(For Legal Details go to:  http://bit.ly/PledgeLawDetails)

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One Response to The Pledge for Full LGBT Equality

  1. The civil rights act of 1964 and its abridged versions have not resulted in equal rights for African-Americans as it was intended. African-Americans are unemployed in higher numbers than any other Americans denied the right to equal pay for equal work. They are still living in ghettos segregated from Caucasian Americans. They are arrested for no reason other than the color of their skin, and are falsely imprisoned in greater numbers than Caucasian Americans. African-Americans are denied the right to an equal education as well and courts have ruled that the civil rights act of 1964 was not intended to last into perpetuity. If that’s the result you want for LGBT Americans then stick with these outdated and ineffective laws that were thrown at African Americans to shut them up and keep them shut out. This year the GOP is planning on re-instituting voting discrimination to shut out African-Americans from their right to vote as well.

    Why not just keep this simple. We the people of the United States in order to form a More Perfect Union demand unconditional constitutional equality including:

    First Amendment: Freedom of assembly, to associate with the people who we want to associate with and to marry including bringing spouses from other nations to live in the United States of America.. Freedom from religious bigotry because we have a right to marry, work, housing, and education as do all American citizens..

    Fourth Amendment: We have a right to be free from illegal search and seizure, including the right to not be attacked by the police department in our social establishments such as bars and not be entrapped in public parks and restrooms.

    Fifth Amendment: We have a constitutional right to life, liberty, or property including the 1138 federal and state property rights of marriage.

    Eighth Amendment: We have a right to freedom from cruel and unusual punishment if LGBT Americans are imprisoned. LGBT detainees in federal immigration facilities need to be treated according to the Geneva Convention human rights provisions.

    Ninth Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. As the people we have the unconditional right to all the rights of every American.

    Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. As the people these constitutional rights are reserved for us, to be able to marry, work, housing, and education, and public accommodations.

    Eleventh Amendment: The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State. The courts do not have the right to deny us our constitutional rights to marry, work, education, housing, public accommodations or any other rights that every American citizen enjoys.

    Fourteenth Amendment:
    Section 1.
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    Equal protection under the law. This amendment must apply to every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and intersex American as we are human enough for equal protection under the law and American enough to be considered a protected class of citizens, and the protected class that we are is American citizens and human beings.

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