to decide whether our community wishes to join other religious groups signed onto an open letter supporting an end to discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
The Peace & Social Concerns and Ministry & Care Committees of the Phoenix Friends Meeting support signing the Open Letter to Arizona Residents (see below) supporting the Mesa City ordinance which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations against LGBTQ individuals.
An Open Letter to Arizona Residents:
As citizens and leaders in the community, we write in support of non-discrimination ordinances that protect all people, including LGBTQ people, from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, while also protecting important religious rights.
No one should be denied these protections for being LGBTQ, and likewise religious persons and institutions should be protected in practicing their faith.
We are deeply concerned that the ongoing conflicts between religious liberty and LGBTQ rights are poisoning our civil discourse, eroding the free exercise of religion and preventing diverse people of good will from living together in respect and peace.
We hope that every level of government will apply these common values and core principles in a balanced approach with all stakeholders engaging in respectful dialogue. LGBTQ rights and religious freedom do not have to be in conflict. Instead, we can come together to protect all people and unify our community on what has for too long been a divisive issue.
We respectfully urge all Arizona residents to join in support of public policy that provides protections for LGBTQ persons as well as people and institutions of faith.
United States Senator, Kyrsten Sinema
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Dale Willis
Robert T. Hoshibata, Resident Bishop,Desert Southwest Conference, United Methodist Church
The Right Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, VI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona
The Rev. Deborah K. Hutterer, Bishop, Grand Canyon Synod, ELCA
Rev. Dr. William Lyons, Conference Minister Southwest Conference UCC
Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz, D.D. Past-president, Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix Angela Hughey, President, ONE Community
Michael Soto, Executive Director, Equality Arizona