The NASW-MA Chapter Statement
in collaboration with
the NASW-New York City Chapter
Responds to Initiatives that Violate Basic Human Rights
The National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter is horrified and disappointed by recent discriminatory actions in both California and Indiana.
Sodomite Suppression Act
On February 26, 2015, a Southern California Lawyer filed an initiative called the Sodomite Suppression Act. This Act would allow for gays and lesbians "to be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It basically states that no government action can violate the sincerely held religious belief of any citizen without a compelling state interest. The problem is that there are no protections for LGBT people against discrimination in Indiana. A business owner can deny service to an LGBT person if they feel that serving that person would violate their religious beliefs.
Violations of Basic Human Rights
The Massachusetts Chapter stands against these outrageous actions that amount to human rights violations.
Regardless of whether these proposals are implemented, they reflect a trend across the country to deny members of the LGBT community basic human rights. We refuse to allow this nation to turn back the hands of time and deny the LGBT community the respect and dignity every American citizen deserves.
We demand social justice in California, Indiana and across the United States and call upon all who are appalled by these measures to join in protest and speaking out. We must not be silent.
Christopher G. Hudson, President
Carol J. Trust, Executive Director
Kelly Exley-Smith and Ashley Waterberg, Co-Chairs, NASW-MA LGBTQA Shared Interest Group