Monday, February 02, 2009

A Call to the Obama Administration for Sexual Justice

The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing has sent a letter to President Obama and key members of the new administration calling for a vigorous commitment to sexual justice. The key components of a new agenda for sexual justice are:

*An end to the federal abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and a call for the first federal support for comprehensive sexuality education.

*Full access to affordable, high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception, emergency contraception, abortion, prenatal care, adoption, HIV/STI prevention and treatment, and safe and proven assisted reproductive technologies. We also urge support for a global HIV/AIDS program free of abstinence-only restrictions.

*Full equality – including marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act – for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families. We specifically ask the President to reconsider his hesitations about marriage equality, yet support his commitment to civil unions and rescinding DOMA.

You can read our letter here. Many of these issues are already part of the White House agenda; all however will need the support of all of us to assure that they become a reality. You can let the President know that you support the Religious Institute’s sexual justice priorities. Our voices, as people of faith who support sexual justice, will make a difference.

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