More than 150 faith leaders are standing together across Jacksonville to urge the City Council to update the city's non-discrimination law to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Comprised of hundreds of faith leaders of diverse backgrounds and traditions, members of the Jacksonville Spiritual Leaders for Equality coalition are united behind the core belief that everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the laws of our city—and they call for passage of LGBT non-discrimination protections because of, not in spite of, their faith.Join the Spiritual Leaders Coalition
Love for and respect of one’s fellow human beings are among the most prominent and universal core values of the many spiritual and religious traditions shared among all spiritual and religious traditions. Though each tradition differs one from the other, all spiritual and religious persons and groups can at least agree with this basic tenet: We have a deep and abiding obligation to love and respect others. Indeed, not treating others respectfully or as we would want to be treated is seen by the various faith traditions as moral failure.
As leaders representing a wide variety of spiritual expression in northeast Florida, we strongly support the full civil rights, including protections from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We see such support as being very consistent with our spiritual belief.