On Feb. 22, 2017 the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislatureheld a public hearing on LB173 that would create new protected classes for sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”) for purposes of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
While we, as Catholics, understand that all men and women are created in the image and likeness of God and are deserving of respect and dignity, LB173 goes beyond dealing with arbitrary and unjust discrimination. Instead, LB173 would further allow the government to forcibly coerce and punish differing beliefs on marriage, family, and human sexuality.
LB173 does damage to religious liberty, rights of conscience, freedom of creative expression, and privacy rights. It prevents individuals, businesses, non-profit entities, and religious organizations from living out their sincerely held moral and/or religious beliefs.
People like small-business owners Barronelle Stutzman and Jack Phillips, and even former director of the Georgia ACLU, Maya Dillard Smith, provide just a few examples of how SOGI-related laws like LB173 are having adverse effects in a variety of different contexts. Take some time to learn about their stories and experiences.
As the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC) continues to protect marriage, family, religious liberty, and the common good, we humbly ask for your prayers and support.
To read the press release that was issued by NCC on February 22, 2017, click here.
Posted on Wed, February 22, 2017
by Tom Venzor