Following a called Meeting for Business on April 26, Durham Friends Meeting sent the following letter to the governor.
Dear Governor Pat McCrory,
On behalf of the Durham Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), we write with a pressing concern about House Bill 2 (HB2). Quakers believe there is that of God in everyone and have a deeply held spiritual belief in the fundamental equality of all people. Because HB2 diminishes the rights of some members of our community, and thus diminishes us all, the bill troubles us profoundly. For this reason, we seek the law’s swift repeal.
We are concerned about the broad impact of the bill, and hold a special concern for the most vulnerable among us. Transgender individuals, who already face discrimination and abuse, are further marginalized and threatened by this law. The bill, which was also used to strike down local minimum wage ordinances, limit citizens’ ability to pursue discrimination claims in state courts, and erode lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights more generally, will only serve to deepen divisions among us rather than lift up the possibility for greater equality.
Beyond repealing HB2, we urge our elected officials to put in place legislation that strongly protects the rights and safety of all our citizens. As a state, we must do what is morally right, with special care for the most vulnerable. On a spiritual level, let our actions be grounded in generosity, acceptance, and love.
In the Light of the Spirit that Guides Us All,
– Cathy Bridge & David Bridge, Co-clerks
Durham Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)