ABOUT US

Policy

 

As a diverse body of Christian voices representing communities across the United States and the world, the Union of Affirming Christians is committed to advocating for intersectional justice in the public square.

The values at the core of our faith teach us that every person is created in God’s image and deserving of the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. They teach us that, in the Kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. And they teach us that to whom much is given, much is required – that those with a voice and platform have a responsibility to cry out for justice and mercy and to fight for the rights of the oppressed.

Why we care about policy

These are the values that make us who we are. And these values are why we care so deeply about the public policies that guide and shape our laws, society, and culture. Policy has such great potential to impact peoples’ lives. Policy tells us to incarcerate or educate; to condemn or exonerate; to neglect or protect; to oppress, or to free. Policy tells us who can and cannot participate in society. And for all these reasons, as affirming Christians, it is our right, our privilege, and our honor to follow in Jesus’s footsteps in fighting for policies that are fully just, inclusive, redemptive, and restorative in the midst of a broken world.

What we have advocated for

To that end, we are dedicated to using our voices to advocate for policies that are in the best interests of those in our communities. In December of 2016, we held a press conference at the National Press Club to push for a pro-LGBTQ policy agenda for the Trump Administration, which focused on five core areas: LGBTQ basic rights, LGBTQ homeless youth, LGBTQ senior citizens, the transgender community, and global antidiscrimination.

In May 2017, we partnered with Senator Chris Coons (DE) on an event at the United States Senate to honor International Day Against Homophobia and bring attention to the numerous ways the LGBTQ community has come under attack through various policy decisions pursued by the Trump Administration.

Moving forward, we are hosting regional gatherings around the country to discuss local and national issues affecting LGBTQ individuals and other vulnerable communities, and encouraging action and advocacy from people of faith for policies that are more just, caring, and inclusive.

Issue and policy resources

The following resources from our partners and articles about current policy developments provide in-depth information for those looking to learn more about policies affecting our LGBTQ family.

Partner Resources

·       Human Rights Campaign

·       The National LGBTQ Task Force

·       SAGE

·       Center for American Progress

·       American Civil Liberties Union

Articles

NPR: Christian Colleges Are Tangled in Their Own LGBT Policies (3/27/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/27/591140811/christian-colleges-are-tangled-in-their-own-lgbt-policies

NBC News: Trump Transgender Military Ban 'Worse Than Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Advocates Say

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trump-s-transgender-military-ban-worse-don-t-ask-don-n860181

CNN: Court: Civil Rights Law Protects Claims of Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation (2/26/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/26/politics/civil-rights-law-employment-discrimination/index.html

Politico: Trump Administration Dismantles LGBT-Friendly Policies (2/19/2018)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/19/trump-lgbt-rights-discrimination-353774

NY Times: Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops in Military (10/30/2017)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/military-transgender-ban.html

The Atlantic: The Department of Justice Takes a Stand Against Transgender Rights in the Workplace (10/5/2017)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/the-department-of-justice-takes-a-stand-against-transgender-rights-in-the-workplace/542154/

ACLU: The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case Is One Piece of a Much Larger Attack on LGBTQ Lives (9/22/2017)

https://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-nondiscrimination-protections/masterpiece-cakeshop-supreme-court-case-one

CNN: The First 100 Days in LGBTQ Rights (4/28/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/politics/first-100-days-lgbt-rights-trnd/index.html