Last week I alerted you that the ACLU is suing the State of Idaho over the recently signed Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The ACLU wants biological boys to be able to play in girls’ high school and college sports – even though the biological differences of boys put girls at a competitive disadvantage.
Many people responded by asking Idaho’s Attorney General to defend this important law.
Now I have fresh news to share with you. The State of Idaho is being sued again, this time over another new law that prevents changes to the sex marker on birth certificates. For those keeping score, that is two lawsuits filed in less than a week, both with the goal of erasing meaningful biological facts.
Lambda Legal, the New York-based LGBT advocacy group that filed the newest lawsuit, claims that people should be allowed to change the sex designation on their birth certificates by choice—even though inaccurate government identification documents make it harder for law enforcement, criminal justice, and public health officials to do their jobs well.
Why is Idaho in the crosshairs of leftist activists? Because the Gem State has made courageous—and first-in-the-nation—progress in pushing back against the radical transgender agenda this legislative session. As they say, the flak gets heaviest over the target—and gender radicalists know these laws will set back the progress they have been making, especially as other states follow the path blazed by Idaho.
Both laws are indispensable to protecting families and women. And I am confident that both laws would not have been enacted without Family Policy Alliance.
We worked closely with the legislative sponsors throughout the process. We mobilized thousands of Idahoans to urge their legislators to support these pieces of legislation. We lobbied legislators who were on the fence. And we made the case that Governor Brad Little should sign these bills into law.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was there on the ground, representing your values at the statehouse. Just like we do every legislative session.
But it’s clear that our work is far from over. These lawsuits mean Family Policy Alliance is needed more than ever. Will you partner with Family Policy Alliance in this work with a generous gift today? Your gift—of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more—will advance our values and protect our families, in Idaho and across our nation.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support, which provide the resources to keep up the good fight for you, your family, and your community—just like we’ve been doing in Idaho.
Standing for your family,
Director of Advocacy – Idaho
Late yesterday, Gov. Brad Little of Idaho signed into law two measures that are the first of their kind in the nation. Please join us in thanking Gov. Little by sending him a message.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV).
The Bible teaches that God created all of humankind as male and female. These two sexes have physiological, psychological, and anatomical differences—many of which are self-evident even to the casual observer.
Some of these differences are so obvious that they can be visually observed. Some can only be seen through a microscope. Remarkably, even though both sexes share many of the same genes, some of those genes function differently in men and women.
Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences—for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines or sex-specific athletic teams.
That’s why I’m so excited to share the progress made this year by the State of Idaho in respecting the real and measurable differences between male and female. The Gem State is leading the way in preserving important sex distinctions that have been indispensable in protecting opportunities and safety for women.
First, consider our Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which was just signed by Idaho Governor Brad Little. Most Americans believe that boys shouldn’t play in girls’ high school and college sports—a common-sense approach that was legally buttressed with the advent of Title IX in 1972.
Yet that which was once unthinkable is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in school sports around the country. It has gotten so bad that three female high school track runners in Connecticut have sued their state athletic organization because several boys, who say they’re girls, keep winning championships, breaking records, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.
That’s why the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which ensures only biological females can play in girls’ school sports, was so necessary. This brand-new law will help save girls’ sports and preserve athletic opportunities for our daughters!
Second, state lawmakers passed the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, which ensures the accuracy of birth certificates, the most important state vital record.
A few years back, the U.S. District Court of Idaho engaged in a gross act of judicial activism, redefining “sex” as fluid and self-determined, and ultimately overturning state policy that required the “sex” marker on birth certificates match an individual’s biological sex.
The Idaho Vital Statistics Act restores factual accuracy to birth certificates by preventing people from changing their sex marker on their birth certificates.
Without accurate birth certificates, law enforcement officials will have a harder time identifying suspects and victims, and public health officials can’t compile accurate statistics. Furthermore, just imagine the mess that occurs in the criminal justice system and in women’s domestic violence shelters when it becomes impossible to quickly and conclusively determine a person’s biological sex.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was on the front lines for both of these bills—sharing information with legislators, informing the public, and mobilizing Idahoans. We worked closely with the legislative sponsors to enact laws that restore common sense in these areas.
Will you join us in thanking Gov. Little? With all of the attacks that he is getting from the ACLU and others, I know he’d appreciate hearing from people around the country who value his actions.
And for everyone who stands with Family Policy Alliance through your prayers, your actions, and your financial support, thank you for making these victories possible—in Idaho and throughout the nation in the days to come.
Director of Advocacy
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Your voice is making a difference in Idaho. As we alerted you to earlier in the summer, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has issued a temporary rule that allows persons who identify as transgender to replace their original birth certificate with a birth certificate that identifies them as the opposite sex. We noted in our comment to the Department that this change undercuts the reliability of state documents. It could further lead to opportunities for identity fraud and could hamper law enforcement’s ability to enforce the law. The Legislature will get a chance to review this temporary rule during the 2019 session. It is vital that your legislators and the Department hear from you. Your comments now will play a key role in getting this rule reversed later.
If you haven’t yet, please send a comment through our action center. Hundreds of you have already taken action and your voice is being heard. In fact, the Spokesman just last week reported on your efforts to ensure that Idaho continues to be a place that tells the truth about gender and protects the integrity of documents. Also, consider forwarding this email to 5 of your friends in Idaho to make sure they know about what is going on in your state. I’ve heard from countless of you on this issue and your support is so encouraging. Together we can ensure that Idaho is a place where God is honored.
Have a blessed week,
Interim Policy DIrector