Nancy Adams and Jerry Ryan oppose the passage of the potentially discriminatory law recently proposed in Indiana and now Arkansas. They have called on the Maplewood Township Committee to pass a Resolution at its April 7th meeting condemning it. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act states that the government can't "substantially burden a person's exercise of religion" and that individuals who feel like their religious beliefs have been or could be "substantially burdened" can lean on this law to fend off lawsuits.

Adams and Ryan strongly believe this law opens the door for businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. “This is about thinking globally and acting locally,” Nancy Adams said, “The last thing this country needs is to allow such a law and take a major step backward in the progress that has been made in equality for gays, lesbians, bi and transsexual members of our society.” Jerry Ryan added, “We think it’s important for all municipalities to make their voices heard by passing resolutions condemning this and other policies that permit discrimination.”

Jerry Ryan will ask his Township Committee colleagues to develop a resolution immediately so that it can be voted on at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting.