Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that it will be one of the partners supporting the Women’s March on Washington.
The Jan. 21 event will make a stand to remind the nation – and the world – that women’s rights are human rights. Participants will speak out against the rising tide of divisive rhetoric, much of it aimed at vulnerable communities, that marred the recent election season.
“We’re pleased to be part of this historic march,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “AU has worked for a long time to prevent aggressive Religious Right groups from controlling women’s lives, so this event is a natural fit for us.”
Lynn noted that Americans United has long championed women’s right to equality, economic security and healthcare free from the imposition of others’ religious beliefs. In the 1950s and ‘60s, AU advocated for the right of women to access birth control and information about human sexuality without religious interference. AU continues that fight today by representing women in court who don’t want their religious employers to have the power to restrict their access to contraception.
The march will also take a stand against anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-LGBTQ bigotry.
AU believes that our nation’s legacy of religious freedom means that all Americans have the right to make their own decisions about religion. This includes the right to join a faith or reject them all, the right to wear religious attire and the right to practice faith in ways that don’t harm others or take away their rights.
Americans United members will be taking part in the march in Washington and in sister marches taking place around the country.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.