Say ‘no’ to discrimination in Montana!
SB 215, filed by Senator Carl Glimm, establishes the “religious freedom restoration act.” What that means in plain language is that this bill could allow the use of religion as an excuse to discriminate against and harm others.
Take action against this bill! Tell your legislator to vote ‘no’ on SB 215. This bill would harm Montanans.
This type of legislation is not new. The discrimination it would allow in Montana could take many forms, including:
- Religiously affiliated schools firing women because they became pregnant while not married;
- Business owners refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees;
- Graduate students, training to be social workers, refusing to counsel LGBTQ people;
- Pharmacies turning away women seeking to fill birth control prescriptions;
- Bridal salons, photo studios, bakeries, and reception halls closing their doors to LGBTQ couples planning their weddings.
Religious freedom in America is important, and it means that we all have a right to our religious beliefs, but this does not give anybody the right to use our religion to discriminate against and impose those beliefs on others who do not share them.
This measure could undermine non-discrimination, child welfare, public safety, and public health laws and set Montana up for a flood of expensive litigation from those who claim they have a religious right to violate these laws.
Act now: tell your legislator to oppose SB 215.
Your State House Representative