Coalition to President Obama: No Discrimination Exemption

July 16, 2014

A coalition of 98 religious, civil rights, education and religious liberty organizations today urged President Obama to reject calls to include a religious exemption in his recently-announced executive order to  prohibit government contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity in hiring. The letter to the President noted that including this kind of exemption would allow for taxpayer-funded discrimination.

Bend the Arc Submits Comments on Minimum Wage Increase for Contractors

July 16, 2014

Bend the Arc today submitted comments to the Department of Labor in support of the proposed rule that will implement President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage for contractors to $10.10 per hour.

Bend the Arc Joins Legal Brief in Ohio Marriage Equality Case

July 15, 2014

Today, Bend the Arc joined nearly two dozen religious, civil rights and religious liberty organizations in filing a brief in the case challenging Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage. The case, Henry v. Himes, is before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the brief was authored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Bend the Arc Joins Legal Brief in Case Challenging NYPD’s Blanket Surveillance of Muslims

July 11, 2014

Today, Bend the Arc joined an amicus brief filed by religious and religious liberty organizations in Hassan v. City of New York, a case challenging the New York Police Department’s blanket surveillance of Muslim houses of worship, community centers, student groups and Muslim-owned businesses both in New York City and throughout the northeast.

Faith Leaders To President Obama: Religious Contractors Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Discriminate

July 8, 2014

100 faith leaders, including Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler, wrote to President Obama in support of his recently-announced Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in hiring.  The faith leaders strongly urged the President to refrain from providing an exemption from this important non-discrimination policy to religious organizations who contract with the government.