Post submitted by HRC Policy Assistant Jordan Dashow
While The Heritage Foundation newest report is supposed to focus on the important fiscal decisions facing Congress, the report instead takes aim at LGBTQ students in Washington, D.C.
A Blueprint for Balance: A Federal Budget for 2017 calls on Congress to “displace the effects of” the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), a law in Washington, D.C. that requires religious colleges and universities to treat LGBTQ student groups the same as other student groups. These recommendations would ultimately deny LGBTQ students the same rights as other student groups.
Last May, Government Affairs Director David Stacy joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at a press conference to urge the House of Representatives to reject any attempts by Congress to undermine or overturn HRAA. Although disapproval resolutions were introduced to overturn HRAA, ultimately Congress did not take any action and the law went into effect.
Congresswoman Norton has already released a statement in response to the Heritage Foundation’s Blueprint, vowing to keep the District’s non-discrimination laws intact.
“Heritage and their allies proclaim principles of liberty and local autonomy daily,” she wrote. “And then in a heartbeat turn on these same principles as they try to deny nearly 700,000 Americans living in the District the same rights that apply to all other American citizens.”
In the months ahead, HRC will continue to work with Congresswoman Norton and our allies on the Hill to defeat any Congressional actions to undermine HRAA.