Latter-day Saint Life

Church leaders join in signing letter calling for LGBTQ protection in Florida

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Multiple rabbis, reverends, and Latter-day Saint leaders are part of a group of 40 religious, LGBTQ, and educational leaders who signed a joint letter calling for legislation in Florida to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people from discrimination.

The letter, published Sunday in the Miami Herald and on September 1 by the Tampa Bay Times under the headline “A call for peace” specifically asks Floridians to support non-discrimination legislation to protect “all people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, while also protecting important religious rights.”

“No one should be denied these protections based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and likewise religious persons and institutions should be protected in practicing their faith,” the letter writers said.

The letter comes five months after Florida instituted its “Parental Rights in Education” law, which restricts classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in Florida schools.

The letter released Thursday called for peaceful discussion of non-discrimination proposals.

Read the full story on Deseret News.

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