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Dear U. S. Senators

We are writing to express our support and appreciation for the efforts to more fully provide the LGBT community with civil and human rights protections. For far too long, this community has endured mistreatment in American society, including within parts of the church. We regret and lament our collective misdeeds and omissions in that regard. While we maintain the historic Christian sexual ethic, we want to clearly state our support for federal protections for LGBT persons in employment, housing and the like. We’re committed to embracing and advocating for those safeguards.

Unfortunately, the collaborative process and substance of the Equality Act fall well beneath the standard necessary to cultivate a healthy pluralistic society. While we support certain provisions, the legislation, on the whole, is not the product of a thoughtful and healthy civic dialogue or a transparent policy-making process. It was not discussed in detail with a diverse set of faith leaders who’ll bear the brunt of its excesses and who worked hard to elect you and President Joe Biden. It’s a danger not just to Christian institutions, but those belonging to our Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, and Muslim neighbors as well. We can defend the rights of the LGBT community without threatening religious communities.

The Equality Act is a reflection of our broken system, not an example of the civic spirit and good faith measures necessary to heal it. It would remove many of the basic rights that allow religious organizations to operate according to the tenets of their faith. It would allow LGBT rights to be used as a sword against faith institutions rather than a shield to protect the vulnerable. In addition to failing to offer religious protections to religious institutions, the Equality Act would likely:

                     •Revoke federal security, disaster relief, and school lunch money from thousands of religious schools.

                      •End federal partnerships with thousands of faith-based programs that serve the most vulnerable.

                      •Revoke the Pell Grant and federal loan eligibility for tens of thousands of students that attend hundreds of religious

                     •Convert houses of worship and other religious properties into public accommodations, enmeshing them in constant.                        litigation.

The Fairness for All Act is a much more thoughtful and just way to protect our LGBT neighbors. It’s a product of the faith community and the LGBT community coming together and challenging themselves to find ways to co-exist and to promote tolerance. It’s proof that religious liberty and LGBT rights are not mutually exclusive. We should, and can, have both. Black and Brown Christians worked too hard for the Civil Rights Act to have it revised in ways that would take away basic right sand funding from our communities. The Equality Act needlessly pits the concerns of diverse communities against each other. 

We, therefore, call upon you to support the Fairness forAll Act and allow for a full debate and vote on the legislation. 



Bishop Claude Alexander, The Park Church, Charlotte, NC 
Chantelle Anderson, Former WNBA Player, San Diego, CA 
Pastor Cornelius Atkinson, Wilson Heights First Church of God, Charlotte, NC 
A.R. Bernard, Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY 
Dr. Emory Berry Jr., Greenforest Community Church, Decatur, GA
Dr. Steve Bland Jr., Liberty Hill Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
Bishop John Richard Bryant, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD
Chris Broussard, The K.I.N.G. Movement, South Orange, NJ
Pastor Frank Brown, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Kippie Brown, Maxwell Baptist Church, Florence SC
Pastor Mwenda Brown, Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Christopher Butler, Chicago Embassy Church, Network Chicago, IL
Pastor Kerrick Butler, Faith Christian Center, Austell, GA
Pastor Milton Campbell, The Midtown Bridge Church, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Arthur Carson, Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Bryan Carter, Concord Church, Dallas, TX 
Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, First Church of God, Columbus, OH
Pastor Wendell Cole, Koinonia Bible Church, Kansas City, KS
Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr,Pastor of New Beginnings Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Christ, Philadelphia, PA 
Dr. K. Edward Copeland, New Zion Baptist Church, Rockford, IL 
Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, TX
Pastor Leonce Crump, Renovation Church, Atlanta, GA
Dr. William Curtis, Mt Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA 
Pastor Steven Dial Sr., Rainbow Park Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
Dr. Charlie Dates, Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago, IL 
Pastor Robert A. Davis, Celebration Church, Columbia, MD 
Bishop Dwayne Debnam, Morning Star Baptist Church, Gwynn Oak, MD
Pastor Kevin Earley, Community Church Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Crossroads Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Elaine Flake, The Greater Allen Cathedral AME Church, New York City, NY 
Lisa Fields, The Jude 3 Project, Jacksonville, FL
Pastor Bruce L. Francis, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Valdosta, GA
Pastor Louis Ferguson, Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
Dr. Terrance Gattis, Mt Olive Baptist Church, Stockbridge, GA
Justin E. Giboney, Esq., AND Campaign, Atlanta, GA 
Pastor Bobby Giddens, Silver Leaf Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Cynthia Hale, Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA 
Dr. Charley Hames, Jr., Beebe Memorial CME Church, Oakland, CA 
Bishop Tejado Hanchell, Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, Winston-Salem, NC 
Pastor Oshebar Hardman, Second Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA 
Pastor Marlin Harris, New Life Church, Decatur, GA
Pastor Michael C. Harris, Acts of Faith Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
Bishop Walter F. Harvey, National Black Fellowship of The Assemblies of God (President), Milwaukee, MN 
Dr. Michael L. Henderson, New Beginnings Church, Matthews, NC 
Dr. David E. Jackson, Rock Nation Network, Atlanta, GA
Dr. John Jenkins, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, UpperMarlboro, MD 
Pastor Jeffrey Johnson, Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis, IN 
Ambassador Suzan Johnson-Cook, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, New York City, NY  
Nona Jones, Faith and Prejudice, Gainesville, FL 
Pastor Watson Jones, Compassion Baptist Church, Chicago, IL 
Pastor Paul Little, Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Macon, GA
Sarita Lyons, Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA 
Pastor Troy Mamon, Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Morrow, GA
Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin, American Bible Society, Philadelphia, PA 
Rev. James T. Meeks, Salem Baptist Church, Chicago, IL 
Dr. Esau McCaulley, AND Campaign, Wheaton, IL 
Dr. Ralph McCormick, Second Calvary Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC 
Bishop Brian D. Moore, Life Center Fellowship, Charleston, SC
Pastor A. W. Motley, Lindsay Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Charles E. Nesbitt, Providence Baptist Church, College Park, GA
Dr. Monte E. Norwood, Bibleway Ministries International, Atlanta, GA
Pastor Donald Parson, Logos Baptist Asembly, Chicago, IL
Bishop Edward Peecher, Chicago Embassy Church Network, Chicago, IL 
Pastor Philip Pinckney, Radiant Church, N.Charleston, SC
Dr. James C. Perkins, Greater Christ Baptist Church, (Past President of PNBC), Detroit, MI
Kori Porter, CSW USA, Princeton, NJ
Pastor Wilbur T. Purvis, Destiny World Church, Austell, GA
Bishop Franklin M. Reid, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD 
Dr. C. J. Rhodes, Mt. Helm Baptist Church, Jackson, MS 
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Seymour Institute, Boston, MA 
Pastor Isaiah Robertson, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Catersville, GA
Jua Robinson, Boston Collaborative, Boston, MA
Dr. William Holmes Robinson, The Olivet Church, Fayetteville, GA
Dr. J. Elvin Sadler, General Secretary-Auditor, AME Zion Church
Pastor Broderick Santiago, Mosaic Church, Mableton GA
Bishop Thomas Scott, Florida State Association of Church of God, Tampa, FL 
Dr. Robert Charles Scott, St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC 
Pastor Christopher Scott, Flatrock Baptist Church, Peidmont, SC
Pastor C. Derek Shelton, Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Molena, GA
Dr. Paul Earl Sheppard, Destiny Christian Fellowship, Fremont, CA
Bishop Horace Smith, Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, IL 
Pastor J. Ricardo Smith, Browns Chapel Baptist Church, Bishop, GA
Pastor Phillip R. A. Spann, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset, NJ
Pastor Timothy Starks, Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Meansville, GA
Dr. Warren H. Stewart, First Institutional Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ 
Pastor Eric V. Thomas, St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
Rondell Trevino, The Immigration Coalition, Austin, TX   
Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Nashville, TN 
Dr. Dwayne A. Walker, Little Rock AME Zion Church, Charlotte, NC 
Dr. Alyn Waller, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA 
Dr. Howard Timothy Washington, Baptist Pastors Conference, Columbus, OH 
Benjamin Watson, Former NFL Player, Boston, MA 
Pastor Collus G. Watson, China Grove Baptist Church, Flovilla, GA
Dr. Maurice Watson, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD
Pastor Damon P. Williams, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta GA
Pastor Edrin Williams, Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Skinner Leadership Institute, Washington, D. C.    

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