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August 24, 2020

 

Idaho Named “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” By Family Policy Alliance 

The national partner of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho recognized Idaho and several other states in its annual “All-Star Awards”

BOISE, Idaho – The State of Idaho has been named the “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” by Family Policy Alliance, the national partner of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.

“This year, Idaho proved that their state puts family first,” wrote Meridian Baldacci, Policy and Communications Strategist for Family Policy Alliance.

“I’m proud that Idaho has reasserted itself as a place that promotes the family values and sound policies that help everyone thrive,” said Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “We’re excited about the groundbreaking new laws that were signed this year. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will keep working hard until the Gem State is a place where all families flourish.”

Family Policy Alliance cited several new laws that demonstrated why Idaho deserved the coveted “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” award. These pro-family laws include Simon’s Law, the Vital Statistics Act, the first-in-the-nation Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, and the new “Choose Life” license plate that will be available for purchase at Idaho DMVs next year.

The “2020 Family Policy Alliance All-Star Awards” can be found at https://buff.ly/32dbFSi.

 

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Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Friends,

Happy Constitution Day! Today is a day of federal observance celebrating the signing of the U.S Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787.

We often forget, however, that the Constitutional Convention almost failed spectacularly. The earliest days of the convention were fraught with contentious disagreements among the delegates, who together comprised an assembly of the greatest political and intellectual minds of the founding generation.

Realizing that the increasingly fractious clashes risked breaking the convention apart, Benjamin Franklin offered his best hope for finding unity and agreement — recommending that they pursue God’s intervention and favor through prayer.

Bemoaning the “small progress” made during the first several weeks of the Convention as “melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding,” Franklin made a motion to hold morning “prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations” to be led by local clergymen:

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?

Harkening back to “the frequent instances” of God’s intervention on behalf of the Americans during the War for Independence, Franklin asked his fellow delegates whether they had forgotten that God was the reason for their previous success:

In the beginning of the [War for Independence], when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers were heard, and they were graciously answered…. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

While Franklin knew godly wisdom would lead to national flourishing, he worried relying on “human wisdom” alone would be disastrous:

We have been assured in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.

Thankfully, the delegates heeded Franklin’s wise words by humbling themselves in prayer and seeking God’s wisdom and favor. Benjamin Franklin later remarked that the Constitution they drafted was “influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being.’”

Steeped in biblical truth and full of courageous faith, the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention came together to petition God for guidance and unity as they framed the government under which we still live today. That, my friends, is worth celebrating this Constitution Day.

Celebrating with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

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August 18, 2020

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Responds to Ruling on Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

Although an Idaho judge granted a temporary injunction against the groundbreaking new law, Family Policy Alliance is confident that ultimately the law will be vindicated in court

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – is disappointed that a federal judge has temporarily enjoined the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a groundbreaking Idaho law that protects fair play in school sports by preventing biological males from competing in girls’ high school and college sports. Medical experts have indisputably demonstrated that biological males have physiological advantages over female athletes.

“We know this law is constitutional, and we remain confident that ultimately it will be vindicated in court,” said Blaine Conzatti, director of advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “Attorney General Bill Barr and the US Department of Education both support this law as essential to preserving the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. We know the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is on strong legal footing.”

The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a ruling earlier this summer that a Connecticut policy allowing boys to play in girls’ sports violates Title IX and could result in loss of federal funding. Similarly, the US Department of Justice filed a motion of support in the court proceedings for the Idaho law, arguing that the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution cannot be interpreted to “entitle” transgender athletes to “benefits at the expense of their peers.”

The preliminary injunction granted yesterday against the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is only a temporary measure while the lawsuit moves forward. Importantly, the judge also allowed two female athletes from Idaho State University, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, to intervene in favor of the law. The female athletes were forced to compete against a biologically male athlete at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field championships last year. All women in the event placed behind the biological male.

Recent polling shows that a majority of Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men. “Idaho families know that every female athlete deserves a fair playing field in sports. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect equal opportunities for female athletes,” concluded Conzatti.”

 

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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June 23, 2020

On 48th Anniversary of Title IX, California Bans Travel to Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – honors the 48th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law protecting equal access to educational and athletic opportunities for girls, with the launch of its #SaveGirlsSports campaign. The campaign promotes policies like Idaho’s new “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which ensures girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. But while Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is grateful for laws like Idaho’s, others are determined to shame the state for its pro-woman stance.

Just yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banned taxpayer-funded travel to Idaho because he disagrees with the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. For the same reason, the ACLU is also pressuring the NCAA to relocate the 2021 Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, which is currently scheduled to be held at Boise State University’s ExtraMile Arena.

“It’s a surprising move to make the day before the anniversary of Title IX,” said Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “Title IX was designed to protect women’s opportunities, and one of the key ways it’s been used to accomplish that is through giving women their own sports teams. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects the spirit of Title IX by ensuring that girls’ sports are reserved for girls.”

Title IX played a significant role in women’s sports participation. Prior to its passage, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, thanks to Title IX, nearly two in five girls play sports. Conzatti believes that’s a precedent we should continue to build on.

“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented. California liberals and the ACLU are sending the message that female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men are ‘bigoted’ and ‘intolerant.’

“In reality, they just want to compete in sports on a level playing field. This gaslighting of Idaho girls needs to stop. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect fair play and equal opportunities for female athletes.” Conzatti concluded.

Family Policy Alliance has launched the #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign to bring attention to great progress female athletes have made since the advent of Title IX in 1972. More information about the campaign can be found at the campaign’s webpage.

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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June 5, 2020

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Thanks Idaho Attorney General’s Office for Defending Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

The law, challenged by the ACLU, ensures only biological girls can compete in girls’ sports

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho thanks the office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for last night’s filing in defense of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act after the ACLU filed a challenge over the law in federal court in April.

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects girls’ athletic opportunities by ensuring that only biological females can compete in girls’ sports. It is based on the idea that sports should happen on a level playing field – and that letting biological boys play in girls’ sports is decidedly unfair because of the inherent physical advantages males generally possess.

Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy at Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, was instrumental in shepherding the law from a legislative draft to passing both Idaho legislative chambers with a veto-proof supermajority, to being signed into Idaho law – and becoming the first law of its kind in the nation. “By defending this law,” observed Conzatti, “Attorney General Wasden’s office is protecting the interests of female athletes in Idaho. Girls’ sports are for girls, not boys. When biological men enter girls’ sports, our girls are put at a competitive disadvantage, and their athletic opportunities suffer. Thank you, Attorney General Wasden, for working (diligently) to make sure opportunities for girls are protected.”

The state’s filing includes expert testimony from Dr. Gregory A. Brown, an exercise science professor at the University of Nebraska Kearney. His testimony sums up the fairness concerns which underscore the necessity of the law: “At the level of elite, college, high school, and recreational competition, men or boys have an advantage over comparably aged women or girls, in almost all athletic contests; Biological male physiology and anatomy is the basis for the performance advantage that men or boys have over women or girls, in almost all athletic contests… .”  This typically remains true, Dr. Brown notes, even after post-pubescent males undergo testosterone suppression and receive cross-sex hormones.

 

The state’s filing also addresses Title IX, the federal law that ensures no one can be denied access to or discriminated against in federally funded education programs on the basis of sex. This argument was recently corroborated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Right, which recently ruled that a Connecticut policy allowing boys to play in girls’ sports violates Title IX – and could result in the offending body losing its federal funding. The state nods to this ruling in its own brief, writing, “Plaintiffs’ argument flies in the face of a well-established physiological fact recognized by courts and recently confirmed by the [Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights]: allowing biological males to compete in female sports is unfair to biological females due to males’ inherent physical advantages.” (brackets added for clarity)

 

Citing a Ninth Circuit decision, the state asserts a government interest in “redressing past discrimination against women in athletics and promoting equality of athletic opportunity between the sexes” – something the ACLU once stood for, as well. With this lawsuit, the ACLU has taken a sharp turn away from advancing opportunities reserved for girls, instead attempting to give those same opportunities to boys.

 

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho applauds the state’s defense and a pending intervention by Alliance Defending Freedom, and hopes the Idaho District Court will choose to save girls’ sports by upholding the law.

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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