This week the Department of Education has hosted a week-long hearing that included the topic of redefining “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies.

What does this mean? We’re glad you asked! Click to watch the newest Ask Meridian video to find out more!

We want to say a big “Thank you!” to 10,000 of you who have engaged on this important issue! If you haven’t submitted a comment, TODAY is the LAST DAY to tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” This is a dangerous agenda, and it must be stopped. Comments must be submitted before 5:00 pm ET Today.

Click here to submit your comment NOW! We’ve provided some comments for you to use, but the more personalized you can make your comments, the better!

Family Policy Alliance testified against revising the definitions of “sex” in Title IX during this week’s public hearing at the Department of Education this week and stated,

“Every girl should have the chance to compete on a level playing field. In today’s world, that means one that is reserved just for girls. Males naturally possess physical advantages over females. This natural advantage can result in them winning titles, scholarships, and other opportunities that should be reserved for girls.”The Department of Education has a responsibility to protect women and girls, not steal their dreams.”

“…Title IX itself explicitly allows educational institutions to maintain ‘separate living facilities for the different sexes,’ indicating binary, biological sex. Of course, this makes sense in the context of private spaces like locker rooms and showers.”

“No student should be forced into an intimate setting like a restroom or locker room with someone of the opposite sex. The Department of Education should not get to determine the first time a student is exposed to a member of the opposite sex while in a state of undress.”

You can read our full testimony here.

We were grateful for other excellent voices who spoke to the Department of Education urging the Department to protect the rights of women and girls in education, sports, and to protect parental rights. Here are a few quotes from the hearing:

Title IX was enacted to protect girls from discrimination based on sex, not “gender identity.” Article 7 of The Declaration [on Women’s Sex-Based Rights], consistent with Title IX, affirms women’s rights to participate actively in sports on a single-sex basis to ensure fairness and safety for women and girls.” – Lauren Levey, steering committee member, U.S. Chapter of the Women’s Human Rights Campaign

President Joe Biden’s policy, as stated in his Executive order, fails to protect the status and dignity of women as female and is a threat to every woman in America, especially female students and athletes.  ‘Gender identity’ does not equal sex.  Therefore, it should not be used to compromise Title IX protections for women. ‘On the basis of sex’ under Title IX should be based solely on the biological truth of being male or female.” – Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations for Concerned Women for America

“…the social transition of children directed by school officials should be instead considered medical treatment, because the reason for directing that behavior is usually alleged to be the mental health of the child. Only parents have the right to direct the medical treatment of students. School administrators lack the medical training and professional competency to address those needs. Medical interventions are the responsibility of the parent and the doctor of their choosingEvery child has dignity and value. Every child is born in exactly the right body. The protections enshrined in Title IX – including religious exemptions – benefit everyone just as they are.” – Meg Kilgannon, Senior Fellow for Education Studies for Family Research Council

Every American has a right to speak at these national public hearings- even if we disagree. One speaker called for the Department of Education to limit the religious exemption in Title IX in order to limit or prohibit Christian Universities from teaching or implementing Biblical principles related to sexuality.

Again, today is the LAST DAY to weigh in at this “national school board meeting” and tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” It is critical that the Department of Education receives your perspective on this issue—otherwise, the only voices they hear will be the ones calling for an increasingly sexualized agenda in schools and an end to religious freedom.

Thank you again for protecting women and girls in schools!

Click here to submit your comment NOW!

Standing for Families and Children,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

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The battle to save women’s sports in Louisiana has reached its final stage: Gov. John Bel Edwards’s desk. The corporate and national pressure for him to veto this good bill is intense, and that’s why we – along with our allies at Louisiana Family Forum – are asking you to take a moment to email or call him today!

Legislators on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers understand the importance of protecting opportunities guaranteed to women through Title IX – and those include sports and scholarship programs. Allowing biological men to infringe on those protections is anti-woman and a violation of women’s rights.

Senate Bill 156 would protect female athletic opportunities from being hijacked by biological males. It’s about both science and fairness:

Please take 30 seconds to call and leave a message for Gov. Edwards, politely asking him allow SB 156 to go into effect which would protect girls’ sports.

 

(866) 366-1121

You can also send him an email here.

Thanks for speaking up!

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

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April 16, 2021

 

 

Court Packing Scheme Would Politicize Court and Endanger Families 

Attempts to change the rules should be dismissed. 

(Colorado Springs, Co. April 16, 2021) – Yesterday, Congressional Democrats introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court to 13 justices. This effort is aimed at politically “balancing” the court after former President Donald Trump was able to successfully appoint 3 justices to the high court.

Autumn Leva, Vice President for Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement: 

The Supreme Court doesn’t play for either political team. They wear robes, not jerseys. Congressional Democrats attempting to change the number of justices because they disagree with certain policy outcomes is akin to a major football team rewriting the NFL rules in their favor any time they dislike how a game turned out.

Allowing one political party in Congress to remake the Court whenever they disagree with its decisions would make the Court more political than ever. It would give Congress – a body that can barely do its own job most days– control over two of the three branches of our national government. And, it would seal the court’s fate as just another political body to be run by the richest and most powerful, not governed by the rule of law our founders painstakingly created in the Constitution.”

Media Contact: 

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

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April 6, 2021

BREAKING: Arkansas Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of SAFE Act – Statement

New law is the first of its kind in the nation

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – This afternoon, both chambers of the Arkansas legislature voted to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto of the “SAFE Act”, a bill that protects children from life-altering transgender physical interventions including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries.

Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance, offered the following statement:

“The SAFE Act is the next step forward in our long history of protecting children with our nation’s laws. Arkansas law has already determined that children, for their own protection, should not work in mines, get a tattoo, or purchase alcohol or NyQuil. The SAFE Act clarifies that if tattoos aren’t safe for our children, neither are procedures that amputate healthy body parts or render them sterile before the age of 18.

“We applaud bill sponsors Rep. Robin Lundstrum and Sen. Alan Clark for their leadership and the Arkansas legislature for their bold decision to override the Governor’s veto of the SAFE Act, demonstrating their commitment to protecting children. The children who are struggling the most should be protected the most, not pushed to life-altering physical interventions. The SAFE Act has these children in mind. The majority of children who struggle to accept their God-given body will come to embrace their sex – if they are not pushed to a radical intervention first. In our world today, though, there are those who believe that the only solution is to push children to such radical extremes as amputating healthy body parts and potentially losing their capacity to have children of their own. The SAFE Act protects these children from such extreme experimentation, while continuing to ensure that children can seek basic talk therapy that may help them address underlying concerns.

“The legislature’s decision today is monumental not only because it overrode the Governor’s decision, but also and especially because the Arkansas law will serve as the first of its kind in the nation. This was a bipartisan effort in Arkansas, as well as in other states considering similar legislation. We hope that Arkansas’ courageous decision will embolden many more states to protect their own children.”

 

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance is an alliance-building ministry that advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy to protect religious freedom, families, and life.

June is Pride Month, a time when many who identify as LGBT will spend this month celebrating that identity. As Christians, we are saddened by the celebrations of this month, because not only do we know that Pride Month is a celebration of sin, but we also know that we will never be free until we find our identity, salvation, and hope in Jesus Christ.

Yet, that very realization makes Pride Month an incredible opportunity for prayer and for the Gospel to go forth.

So today, at the beginning of June, I want to share two things with you: an answer to your questions on this topic, and a prayer for our LGBT neighbors.

Answering Your Questions

First off, an exciting announcement: we are pleased to announce that we’re launching a new video series! Ask Meridian is an opportunity for you to send us your questions – and get answers! Last month, we kicked off this initiative by asking you to send us the family policy questions you’ve always wanted someone to answer. Among the many submissions were questions asking how you could express your views on sexuality in a loving way.

We know this can be a challenging conversation to approach.

So, today, we are pleased to release to you the first video in the series: How to Love Your LGBT Neighbor. In this video, I share when and how to talk about our views on sexuality with friends and family who identify as LGBT. We hope you find this helpful!

Click here to watch:

Have a question for a future Ask Meridian episode? Send us an email at mail@familypolicyalliance.com!

A Prayer for Our LGBT Neighbors

This month, will you join me in this prayer?

Lord, in this month our hearts are heavy for those who identify as LGBT. Your Word is clear about both sin and salvation – and our own consciences testify to this truth – yet so many live with the hope that they will find their “true self” or even their worldly salvation in a broken identity.

So this month, we lift up this challenging issue before you.

For those within the walls of the church who may claim the identity of LGBT, we pray for the work of your Holy Spirit and of the Church to call those in sin to repentance.

For those Christians who continue to struggle in this area, and yet who choose faithfulness to your Word, we pray for great faith and encouragement.

For those who are uncertain about their fearfully and wonderfully made bodies, we pray for peace and confidence that you did not make a mistake – that they were not born in the wrong body.

For children who are hearing messages that make them question their own sexuality, we pray for protection over their minds and hearts.

For all those who identify as LGBT, or who are struggling with their sexual identity in another way, we pray that they would find the joy and freedom that only comes from following you as Lord. We pray that their hearts would be opened to see sin for what it is – and to see the joy of your salvation as greater.

For those in ministry to our LGBT neighbors, we pray for the strength to speak the truth in love – and more than anything, to make your Gospel known in the words they say and in the way they live.

For those of us with LGBT friends and family, we pray for great love and great discernment.

For each of us, we pray the hard prayer for conviction of our own sin and for freedom in repentance. We pray that our first priority – in our own hearts and in our conversations – would always be the magnification of Christ. We pray that our identities would not be rooted first in our work, our sexuality, or even our families, but that we could say as Paul that for us, to live is Christ. May our identity, our security, our salvation be ever fixed to you – and may that be first in our hearts and in our words.

Lord, this month we pray that as we speak the truth, the manner in which we speak it would be such that we are known by our love.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

I hope you’ll join me in that prayer this month, and that the Lord will give you wisdom if you have opportunities to speak into the lives of LGBT neighbors.

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

In recent years, the far Left has been pushing radical policies in local school districts. This agenda forces girls to share locker rooms with boys, allows boys to steal sports opportunities from girls, and forces children to learn about gender ideology at a young age.

Now, the U.S. Department of Education is working to do the same thing- nationwide.

But you can help STOP THIS.

Similar to a local virtual school board hearing, on June 7-11 the President Biden’s Department of Education will be hosting a public hearing about incorporating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies. These policies will force girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys, impact girls’ sports opportunities, and punish those who disagree.

You can weigh in at this “national school board meeting” and tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Biden’s Education Department has no place attempting to implement this radical agenda into every local school district in the country.

Click here to submit your comment NOW! We’ve provided some comments for you to use, but the more personalized you can make your comments, the better!

Thank you for using your voice to protect children!

You can also sign up to speak for 3 minutes and tell the Department of Education to STOP their implementation of these radical and dangerous policies that violate children’s privacy, steal girls’ sports, and implement radical ideologies in schools.

REGISTER TO SPEAK HERE.

Please note:

Don’t want to speak? No worries – simply submit your written comments here to make sure the Department of Education hears your voice!

For our children,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

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March 30, 2021

Gov. Noem Issues Executive Orders After Vetoing Bill to Save Girls’ Sports – Statement

The following is attributable to Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance:

“After days of scrambling to recover from the backlash when she partially vetoed South Dakota’s bill to save girls’ sports, Gov. Noem’s executive orders last night show she’s understanding how important these protections are for all female athletes in South Dakota. But now it’s time to put that understanding into action—giving female athletes real protections in the law.

“When Governor Noem gutted the legislature’s strong bill, she cut out protections for college female athletes, leaving many wondering why athletes that achieve the honor of college-level competition should be stripped of the protections that enabled them to get there in the first place. Her executive orders now recognize collegiate women. But, they neglect to give South Dakota’s girls and women any real means of enforcing their protections.

“We hope Governor Noem’s reignited compassion for college-level female athletes hints at a willingness to get back to work with South Dakota legislators to pass strong and meaningful protections for all South Dakota girls and women during a special session.”

Media Contact:

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

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March 29, 2021

Gov. Noem Rejects South Dakota Save Girls’ Sports Legislation – Statement

The following is attributable to Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance:

“Today, when the South Dakota  legislature decided it did not want to exclude some female athletes from important protections to Save Girls’ Sports, Gov. Kristi Noem decided she would rather exclude all female athletes. It may be a disappointing day in South Dakota’s fight to protect female athletes; however, we know that the fight is ongoing. In the legislature’s rejection of Gov. Noem’s  “style and form” changes, only two legislators voted in favor of the changes. The legislature made their stance clear: they support a level playing field for all of South Dakota’s female athletes, including the college athletes that Gov. Noem would have excluded from the bill. While the governor ultimately vetoed the bill, we see a variety of avenues through which the effort to Save Girls’ Sports could move forward – and we are confident that it will.

“Today, we released a letter signed by 47 state and national leaders who urged Gov. Noem to support HB 1217. Despite her disappointing decision, we and our coalition continue to stand behind the South Dakota legislators who voted for the original bill and of course, for the female athletes this bill was meant to protect.”

Media Contact:

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

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March 29, 2021

Policy Leaders to Noem: Support the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

Dozens of state and national policy leaders sign open letter to South Dakota governor

PIERRE, South Dakota – This morning, Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – released an open letter to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. The letter, signed by 47 national and state policy leaders, urges Governor Noem to support a bill like HB 1217, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports” Act, as originally passed by the state legislature. The bill is designed to protect female athletic opportunities by ensuring that only biological females are eligible to compete in girls’ and women’s school sports.

Gov. Noem previously opted to partially veto the bill, removing key enforcement language and limiting its coverage to K-12 sports. In addition to her changes to the law, Noem announced that she intended to form a “coalition to defend Title IX,” the federal law that helped female athletes gain equal access to sports.

But state and national leaders have publicly decried Noem’s veto decision as weakening the bill and denying key protections to college athletes. And, they note, there already is a coalition to defend Title IX and save girls’ sports: this year, 30 state legislatures have considered legislation similar to South Dakota’s, and to date three governors (Idaho, Mississippi, and Arkansas) have signed such bills into law.

Today’s coalition letter articulates these concerns and emphasizes that Noem should support a bill like HB 1217 as originally passed by the South Dakota legislature.

“The South Dakota legislature got it right with HB 1217,” states the coalition, “and your original excitement to sign it was on the mark. … We stand behind these legislators and South Dakota’s female athletes. Gutting the bill doesn’t help anyone win—it sends South Dakota and their girls and women back to the sidelines and sends the wrong signal to others across the country in the fight to save girls’ and women’s sports.”

The letter was signed by 11 leading national organizations: Alliance Defending Freedom, American College of Pediatricians, American Principles Project, Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, Heritage Action for America, Save Women’s Sports, and Women’s Liberation Front. It also gained support from key leaders in 35 states, including South Dakota.

The coalition hopes that Noem will ultimately choose to support a bill like HB 1217 as originally passed by the legislature.

The full coalition letter may be found here.

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance is an alliance-building ministry that advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy to protect religious freedom, families, and life.