Picture This: A Kansas Where Religious Freedom Flourishes
Welcome to part two of a series dedicated to explaining the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. Today, we examine the second part of our vision – a Kansas where religious freedom flourishes.
In 2006, Elaine Huguenin, an Albuquerque wedding photographer, respectfully declined a request to photograph a same-sex ceremony on the basis that her participation would violate her deeply held religious beliefs regarding marriage. Although the same-sex couple was able to find another photographer, they nonetheless filed a complaint against Elaine with the Human Rights Commission, commencing years of legal action that would ultimately make it to the New Mexico Supreme Court.
In August 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Elaine in one of the most unusual and unprecedented rejections of religious freedom to date. In a special concurring opinion, New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Richard Bosson conceded that the Court’s decision would have sobering results for people of faith, concluding that this compulsory compromise was “the price of citizenship” in New Mexico.
To say I simply disagree with Justice Bosson and the Supreme Court’s ruling in this case is an understatement. It was a blatant attack against the religious freedom guaranteed to us by our U.S. Constitution.
Yes, this is happening, and it’s not reserved to “blue states” like New Mexico. We must do something about it!
At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we are dedicated to preserving our freedom to believe and live out our faith. We do this by promoting public policy that protects and enhances this freedom for individuals, families, churches, organizations, and companies. At the same time, we defend against policies that would erode constitutional protections for people of faith and the entities they operate.
Friends – our founders recognized the freedom of religion to be so fundamental that they preserved it as our first freedom in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment – protecting not only the freedom to believe, but also the freedom to freely exercise our beliefs.
Do you agree with the founders? Do you share our passion for protecting religious freedom?
Are you in? If so, please forward this message to five friends and encourage them to sign up for our email list.
Picture this – a Kansas where religious freedom flourishes. Now, join us as we work diligently to transform this picture into reality!
President and Executive Director