Statement by School Board President Steve Zimmer on Executive Order on Religious Liberty

May 4, 2017

Every day I value and cherish religious diversity in this nation. I have known anti-Semitism all too well and I stand with anyone who faces religious persecution. Religious liberty is very important to our L.A. Unified family. Today’s Executive Order is not about core values, but rather the cover it gives to discrimination that faith teaches us to stand against.  Faith should never be the cause or vehicle of persecution. I re-iterate that our schools remain safe for all students and families. And we continue to embrace our LGBTQ students, families and employees who may feel compromised or threatened as a result of this action.