Together we’ve been pushing back against a statewide sexual orientation and gender identity law (SOGI) for roughly a decade in Kansas. And together we’ve defeated these efforts time and time again.

But last week, quietly, the Human Rights Commission reinterpreted our Kansas law under the guise of an improperly applied Supreme Court ruling to do what they could not get done otherwise – they created their own sexual orientation and gender identity law. These are the laws that have been used systematically across the country to silence people of faith, like Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips, or anyone who might take a contrary view.

This unilateral decision by the Commission proports to apply a recent Supreme Court ruling, Bostock v. Clayton County, to our Kansas law. Bostock reinterpreted the word “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity, strictly for hiring and firing of employees. However, a Supreme Court ruling of this nature is not binding on our Kansas civil rights law. Though the wording may be similar, courts in Kansas are free to interpret them differently. The Bostock ruling also only applied to U.S. employers with 15 or more employees.

In fact, the ruling refused to address any other issues – including employment related issues like sex-segregated bathrooms. The employers who were being sued stated their concern that reinterpreting Title VII would affect other sections of the code or state laws. However, Justice Gorsuch specifically brushed these fears aside, noting that would not be the case.

Turns out they weren’t unfounded fears.

They’ve already become reality through several lawsuits across the country. And now they are materializing in our state.

How does this happen and what can we do?

The Human Rights Commission is an unelected commission, appointed by the governor. There is very little oversight over this Commission. Commissions like this have been used in Washington state and Colorado to not just investigate people of faith, but to target and destroy the livelihood of any who might disagree with the commission’s agenda.

The Kansas Commission’s decision to not alert the public to what they were discussing, to misapply federal caselaw, and to only alert legislators and LGBT activists that agreed with their decision does NOT give us confidence that they will fairly apply this new law they’ve created. These same tactics have been used to silence and coerce approved beliefs and speech by similar commissions all across the country.

They knew that the likelihood of actually enacting this legislation constitutionally, in the light of day, was shrinking as every Republican legislator who co-signed the SOGI legislation last session was defeated in the August Primary. Instead, the Commission chose to violate the trust of the people of Kansas and force their political agenda on us.

The Attorney General and our legislators do have some ability to keep this Commission in check.

Would you send the Attorney General and your state legislators a note encouraging them to hold the Commission accountable?

It’s easy in our Action Center.

We will continue to keep you informed on our efforts to roll back this disastrous decision and to keep the Commission in check. It is more imperative than ever that we work together to protect religious freedom and families in our state as the Left will do whatever it takes to covertly impose their agenda on Kansans.

For families and religious freedom,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

P.S. If you would like to help us push back against the efforts to undermine families, religious freedom, and free speech in Kansas, please, consider a generous donation to Family Policy Alliance of Kansas today!

This week the majority of the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling on employment discrimination. In Bostock v. Clayton County, a majority of the Supreme Court took action to re-write the country’s nondiscrimination law, effectively including transgender status in the scope of “sex discrimination”. The Court’s overreach caused Justice Samuel Alito to remark, “[a] more brazen abuse of [the Court’s] authority to interpret statutes is hard to recall.”

Many are asking what this means for the religious freedom of business owners in particular.

The Facts

In Bostock, the Court looked at three separate employment cases where an employee had been fired who claimed an LGBTQ+ identity. The majority of the Court found that it is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to fire someone because they are gay or transgender.

The Court did this not by saying that a male-to-female individual is a woman, but rather that their sex played into the firing decision and that “homosexuality and transgender status are inextricably bound up with sex.” But what the majority failed to recogize is that for this to be true, we actually have to know what “sex” is.

This means that the Court’s ruling requires that the term “sex” be redefined – a step that Congress has declined to take for decade. The Court, in Justice Gorsuch’s opinion paid lip service to textualism, but then, as Justice Alito so aptly stated, changed its flag like a pirate ship and proceeded to force the matter by legislating where Congress had chosen not to. Justice Alito noted in his dissent, “[i]f the Court finds it appropriate to adopt this the­ory, it should own up to what it is doing.”

What this means for businesses?

This creates a very difficult dynamic for employers, especially those who are seeking to run their businesses from a biblical perspective. People should be treated fairly and with dignity by their employers, however there are some situations where it is inappropriate to force an employer to retain an employee who violates an established company policy. In this case, the court has effectively forced Harris Funeral Home (one of the defendants) to employ a man who dresses in a skirt, high heels, and lipstick while interacting with grieving families.

Normally, when a Legislative body implements a law, as citizens, we can respond to their decision by voting at the next election giving us a say in how we are governed. The Legislative body is closest to the people and where these decisions belong.

This week, the Court usurped Congress to act as a legislative body, creating law giving business owners , like me, the choice of complying or potentially losing their livelihoods. In addition to all the other regulations business faces, a business owner can now look forward to confronting regulation of his very religious beliefs.

While this ruling is disheartening for all those who fight for religious freedom and for the consistency of our laws, this ruling was not a death blow.

Just like legislative action at the federal and state levels on abortion and religious freedom following Roe v. Wade and other court cases, the ongoing work continues in efforts to defend religious freedom along with a myriad of other freedoms this ruling put in jeopardy.

This decision does not get the final word on this topic and we will continue to work to protect the God given dignity of every Kansans to live out their faith.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bennett
Executive Director

Friends,

We need your help to stop Idaho Falls from adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) to the list of classes protected under the city nondiscrimination ordinance. The vote is scheduled for May 14th.

The harsh consequences of these SOGI nondiscrimination ordinances have been obvious for years now. People of faith who want to live their lives and run their businesses according to their sincerely held beliefs about marriage and gender find themselves in the crosshairs. A few examples include:

SOGI ordinances are also used as a license to provide biological men access into female bathrooms, locker rooms, thereby risking the privacy and safety of girls and women.

This attack on religious freedom and privacy rights needs to be stopped. Please send a message to the Idaho Falls City Council asking them to vote “NO” on this proposed SOGI ordinance. It only takes a minute of your time – and taking action helps protect families in your city!

Don’t forget to share this message with friends and family so they can make their voices heard too!

Sincerely,

Blane Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

Last month, Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) signed into law the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which protects the integrity of girls’ sports by limiting participation to biological women.

That momentous victory came after Family Policy Alliance of Idaho shepherded the bill to a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers and to the governor’s desk for a signature. Thousands of you wrote letters encouraging him to sign or thanking him when he signed – your voice was heard!

Despite the overwhelming support for this common-sense and groundbreaking law in Idaho and across the nation,  the ACLU threatened that victory by filing a lawsuit against the state. Your voice is needed now to encourage the Idaho Attorney General to vigorously defend the law.

The ACLU wants a federal court to strike down the law and allow boys to compete in girls’ sports – even though this puts girls at a great disadvantage because boys often have greater muscle mass, lung capacity, and bone density than female athletes. When boys compete in girls’ categories, the competition can be over before it even begins.

We need your help to stop the ACLU’s attempt to deny athletic opportunities for girls.

This law is the first of its kind in the nation, so it’s important that we defend it. We need to make sure our daughters are protected and pave the way for other states to adopt similar protections.

Without Fairness in Women’s Sports, even the most talented female athletes will enter sporting competitions knowing that they may lose to a biological male. That’s what happened in Connecticut, where three track stars are suing because they lost out on championships and other opportunities when biological boys (who said they were girls) beat them at a state track meet.

Let’s put an end to that trend – starting in Idaho. Please take 30 seconds to send a message to Idaho’s Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden, and ask him to vigorously defend this law.

When you wrote to Governor Little, your message was loud and clear: Our girls are counting on fair competition. Help us send Attorney General Wasden the same message to protect sports in Idaho and reignite a trend of fair sports nationwide.

Will you join us?

Blaine Conzatti

Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho

Dear Friends,

In recent months, thousands of New Jerseyans have taken action to oppose New Jersey students being forced to endure radical LGBT sexual indoctrination in the classroom. Over 10,000 people from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds joined together in signing  our petition. The English and Spanish petitions were delivered to the pro-family primary sponsors of the opt out bill and will soon be delivered to the entire Legislature and Governor Phil Murphy.  In addition, we presented the petition to the NJ Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lemont Repollet, to make his office aware of our request.

We now move to our second phase of mobilization – calling specific members of the Legislature who will determine if our opt-out bill dies in committee or moves to the floor for a full vote. Are you willing to volunteer by making frequent phone calls to key elected officials and mobilizing with other advocates in your legislative district?   It will take an organized and persistent effort to convince NJ Senate and Assembly members to hear our bill that will give parents the right to opt their child out of any lessons that violate their religious beliefs regarding sex, sexuality and gender identity.

Each legislative district will be organized into teams and coordinated by a dedicated captain.  Are you willing to serve the families of NJ? Sign up today to volunteer!

Sincerely,

Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

If you’re not on Twitter, you’ve not only made some better life choices than me, you might have missed a ridiculous little video from rapidly-rising-in-the-polls presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.

In the video, Bloomberg, who is making an all-out appeal to LGBTQ voters, asks for ice cream, takes a bite, and nonsensically says “Mmmmm… big gay ice cream is the best.”

After taking a moment to ponder the absurdity of Bloomberg’s declaration of his ice cream’s homosexuality, I quickly began to pray for victory for President Trump.

You see, Michael Bloomberg is running as a moderate/centrist in the Democratic primary field… and yet he feels the need to pander to the radical LGBTQ ideology in such an absurd way. Throughout their race for the nomination, the Democrat presidential candidates have tripped over themselves in a race to the radical Left – supporting radical abortion policies like what we’ve seen in Virginia, denying biology, upending the Constitution, and more.

The alternatives to President Trump are painfully liberal and woefully radical. They don’t value life, truth, or common sense. And, they’ve pledged allegiance to Planned Parenthood and the radical LGBTQ community while holding our nation’s values and history in contempt.

Contrast this lurch to the Left with our current president. I’ll admit, I was late to the party to support President Trump, and I still have reservations about his character and core. Yet, it is impossible to deny that Donald J. Trump – the first ever Commander in Chief to speak at the March for Life – has done more for the pro-life movement than any POTUS ever has.

It’s also impossible to deny that President Trump is bringing healing and constitutional respect to a broken judicial system, that he’s been intentional about a nation where life is cherished and families thrive, and he’s advanced the cause of religious freedom – reversing eight years of First Amendment suppression.

This is why – even as this sham of an impeachment plays out in DC – Christian unity in politics should persist with support of an imperfect president who has nonetheless been used in a powerful way.

As we enter this election cycle, we are leading the largest ever pro-family, Georgia-grown campaign our state has ever seen. Every endorsement we make will be built upon the idea of continuing the momentum we’re seeing in Georgia and around the nation and rejecting the radical, non-sensical ideology we hear from leftists like Bloomberg, Warren, Sanders, and Biden.

And, that’s why it starts with encouraging support for and unity behind President Trump. It doesn’t mean we should be unwilling to criticize or call for better, but it does mean we should call on our Christian brothers to stand with an agenda that is aligned with ours.

The opportunities before us are real. Georgia will play a major role in the race for the White House, the largest role in battle for control of the Senate, and we have an opportunity to dramatically improve the outlook of our congressional delegation. Of primary focus to us, we also have every state legislative seat on the ballot in 2020.

Can you help us stand firm and take action? Partnering with us with a generous gift of $50, $100, $250, or more – whatever the Lord has called you to do – can make a major difference in unifying Christians behind a common, biblical agenda. Prayerfully consider standing with us today.

Radical liberals are running for the White House, Congress, and our state legislature under the promise to do and say anything to appease a socialist and radical base. Should they control these institutions, the nation and state we love will be fundamentally changed. Let’s stand against crazy politicians who say things like “Mmmmm… big gay ice cream is the best,” and work to deliver the most Christ-centered electorate standing in unity behind a God-honoring agenda.

To Victory,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia

 

We have just completed a momentous decade. The iPad was unveiled by Apple Computer in 2010. The last Flight of the Space Shuttle occurred in 2011 as well as the Royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton (for the Anglophiles among us). Remember the Mayan calendar prediction that the world would end on December 21, 2012? That, apparently, didn’t happen. The Ice Bucket challenge was a real joy; as well as the “fidget spinner.” Oh Boy!

On a different note, in 2011, US Navy SEALS raided the compound of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and called him to account for his role in the terror that has rocked the world since he founded the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. We also saw the rise of ISIS and a horror that stunned the world.

In our own country, a “sea-change” event was felt in 2015 along the lines of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision when the Obergefell case was decided and same-sex marriage was legalized by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.

This decision overturned millennia of human knowledge and ushered into the zeitgeist a host of new conversation topics for the dinner table. Since then, we have seen some people question the very biology of male and female and whether the pronouns we use are somehow discriminatory. As a matter of fact, Merriam-Webster decided that the pronoun “they” was the word of the year in 2019 as they felt that “him” and “her” were suddenly less than affirming.

Every day, we are writing future history. Future generations will study the events of our time and make judgements regarding how we acted…or not. Inaction is an action. To passively stand by without comment will be judged by those who live in the world we leave behind.

As we contemplate the next decade, we in Wyoming must look at the future with a sense of purpose. As we see the world outside changing, we must be aware that “our” world inevitably changes with it. Our homes, families and communities will reflect our influence. Will it be for good?

Here at Family Policy Alliance®, we envision a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. This is the focus of the next decade. Will you join us?

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Director of Advocacy

Across Wyoming, billboards have been showing up with phrases such as, “Imagine losing your job because of who you love,” or “Imagine losing your home because of who you love.”

These billboards are specially crafted to drive the narrative of radical LGBT-activists in Wyoming using language that is terribly misleading. These billboards are also one small part of a massive funding effort by the Gill Foundation, a LGBTQ+ superfund founded by Tim Gill, the millionaire whose committed his monetary support to passing LGBT policy across the nation. In 2017, Mr. Gill infamously told “Rolling Stone” magazine, “We’re going into the hardest states in the country,’ ‘we’re going to punish the wicked’ –the ‘wicked’ being those who hold traditional values on sex and sexuality, like Christians.

Exactly what Gill’s plan is for “punishing the wicked” is telling when you visit the website listed at the bottom of these Wyoming billboards, Beyondido.org. “Beyond I Do” lists laws in each state clearly painting the picture of the end game of the Sexual Revolution –punishing all Americans who have faith-based beliefs on sex and sexuality by repealing state constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, free speech, and more.

Mr. Gill is an “old hand” at this game. He is part of the infamous “Gang of Four” (Rutt Bridges, Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Pat Stryker) who met and used their combined fortunes to implement their radical beliefs across the state of Colorado. By every measure, they have been very successful. Since 2008, after implementation of their plan, Colorado has adopted some of the most radical progressivist laws of any state in the nation. From the extraordinary persecution of cake baker Jack Philips who was threatened by the state of Colorado with language so extreme the United States Supreme Court spoke against its “religious hostility” to the “comprehensive sex education” bill designed to force every public school student in Colorado to undergo their reeducation on human sexuality.

And now, Tim Gill’s foundation and other major LGBT activist players have targeted Wyoming as a place they consider to be wicked and in need of radical conversion.

Wyoming, now more than ever, needs Christians to stand together and fight against the radical sexualization of our families and children. This is what Family Policy Alliance is fighting against in Wyoming and we need your help! Join us in our efforts to stop these radical social policies from passing into law and finding their way into our schools and homes.

When Christians stand together for the right to live according to their faith, they are standing for everyone. All Americans have the right and responsibility to resist efforts of the radical LGBT left and to work side by side to protect our fundamental freedoms to freely live out our faith and guide the moral upbringing of our families.

Help us organize against this push by donating to the start of the Family Policy Alliance in Wyoming. We need to prepare for these threats to our core freedoms in a way Wyoming has never had to prepare before.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Director of Advocacy

Meet Chelsea. Chelsea is the mother of a kindergartener in California. She was shocked when her child’s kindergarten class was taught about transgenderism through books, as well as a student being “revealed as the opposite sex.” Parents were never even notified that this topic would be introduced in their child’s kindergarten class, much less given the choice to opt out of the presentations. Another parent at the same school shared the story of her daughter’s reaction: “My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy.”

Meet Annette. Annette is the mother of a middle-school girl in New Jersey. She recently learned that her daughter would be forced to share restrooms and locker rooms with any boy who identifies as a girl. Her daughter was obviously distraught by this and Annette was told by the principal that the bathroom policy was permissible under New Jersey law.

Meet Emily. Emily is a mother of seven from Minnesota. She purposely sent her children to a classical charter school, known for its values and rigorous academic program, to avoid many of the policies and challenges parents are now facing in public schools. Eventually, however, some parents who believed their child to be transgender moved into the school. With the help of a transgender-activist organization, these parents then pressured the school to adapt “transgender policies.” The school subsequently brought in speakers to advance the transgender agenda with the children.

These are true stories from real parents. And sadly, these stories are no longer “fringe cases.” They are now a growing trend, and in some states, they are becoming the norm. Parents of children in both public and private schools are facing difficult situations and policies involving the transgender trend. Even parents who homeschool are finding that their children are being exposed to the issue in unexpected ways (e.g. “Drag Queen Story Hour” at public libraries).

Together with our national allies across the country, we are hearing from more and more parents who want to know how they can respond and what they can do. In response, we teamed up with a diverse coalition of organizations ranging from the well-known Heritage Foundation to the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF)—a self-described radical feminist group—to provide a “Parent Resource Guide” on the transgender issue.

Why would such a diverse partnership from the left and right pull together to produce this study guide? Because protecting children is not a partisan issue.

This Guide was designed by both liberals and conservatives; Christians and non-Christians; medical, legal and policy experts; and others. In other words, this Guide can be used by any parent who is concerned about how the transgender trend will impact their child.

The Guide will help parents:

The “Parent Resource Guide” is our FREE GIFT to you today.

With powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards, and school administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn. So please, click on the button below to download your free copy, then forward this email to as many people as you would like.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming

This week I had the opportunity to speak to a wonderful organization of ladies who, while not Christian-based, have a tremendous desire to see the foundational principles of this country upheld for their children.

As I spoke of the mission of the Family Policy Alliance® to promote a state where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes, I was so encouraged to see the enthusiastic reception of these historic American Values.

After the speech, a luncheon was held, and a lady approached me to ask about a relative caught up in a same-sex lifestyle. There was obvious pain and confusion written across her face. She was caught in the crossfire between the love of a family member and the rhetoric from radical left leaning groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who use their $500 million endowment ($120 million of which is housed in offshore accounts) to say that anyone who does not renounce their faith and endorse the radical message of the Sexual Revolution is a “hater and a “bigot.”

As my heart broke for this lady, I pointed out that the message of Christianity is one of truth and love. Those two words are not mutually exclusive. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures tell us in 1 Corinthians 13:5 that love… “rejoices in the truth.” Truth delivered from a heart of love is the most compelling force on Earth.

As I pointed this truth out to her and to a group of ladies who had gathered, the genuine care and desire to engage in honest and gracious dialogue began to flow throughout. I stepped back and watched a tableau of the dream our founders enshrined in the 1st Amendment play out before my eyes.

Amid a culture where a vocal and powerful group are doing everything they can to silence truth; when those who hold the truth are willing to stand up and express Biblical Citizenship, it brings healing to everyone willing to hear.

What you and I are standing for is indeed “Good News” and we must carry it out to a world that needs it.

Will you stand financially with the Family Policy Alliance as they start this amazing program in Wyoming? This is an opportunity to stand for truth in an unprecedented way in our state.
Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming