JoCasta Zamarripa
Press Release

Assembly Democrats Vote for Resolution Denouncing Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Legislation

"I am extremely disappointed that not a single Assembly Republican chose today to take a stand for basic civil rights for all Wisconsin citizens."

By - Apr 14th, 2015 04:32 pm

Madison – Today, Assembly Democrats brought forward a resolution to denounce recent legislation that was passed in Indiana that will allow for discrimination against members of the LGBT community under the guise of “religious freedom.” The resolution also would have reaffirmed Wisconsin’s commitment to equality. Unfortunately, Republicans rejected the resolution on a party-line vote.

In response, State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed that not a single Assembly Republican chose today to take a stand for basic civil rights for all Wisconsin citizens.

“Indiana-style ‘religious freedom’ laws are harmful for the LGBT community, harmful for taxpayers who end up on the hook for discrimination lawsuits and harmful for businesses that experience the negative economic impact associated with these laws. No one in our state – or any state – should be treated as a second-class citizen or be discriminated against under the guise of religious protection.

“Wisconsin has a long, proud history as a leader on LGBT rights and on fighting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. I will continue to fight to uphold that tradition and ensure we maintain and strengthen those common-sense protections for every resident of Wisconsin.”

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