On Tuesday, at the behest of LGBTQ+ activist organizations, the Wichita City Council tried to quietly impose a sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination law (SOGI) on the people of Wichita.
Across the country we’ve seen these laws used as a sword to go after business owners, teachers, public leaders, and even churches and pastors despite what is claimed at the time of the passage of these laws.
Many who agree with the LGBTQ ideology say there are no real consequences to passing SOGIs. But that just isn’t reality.
Real lives are legitimately harmed by these laws. We’re not talking about hurt feelings. We’re talking about the closing of businesses and ministries who have refused to cave to the ideology. These laws are part of a radical ideology that requires absolute contrition from anyone who disagrees. They leave no room for compromise.
In fact, just yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected the application of a similar ordinance to foster care agencies. Courts in states like Kentucky have rejected the application of these laws to business owners only after years of litigation and lost income. In some states, faithful business owners are still appealing their cases to the Supreme Court.
Mayor Whipple has done nothing to allay the fears of Wichitans by touting the “enforcement” mechanisms that were added to this ordinance. Make no mistake – they intend to use this law against faithful Wichitans through the creation of the Human Rights Commission – similar bodies have systematically gone after everyday citizens in states all over the country. These “enforcement” mechanisms are used to drive believers out of business and ruin their livelihoods.
The councilmembers who voted in favor the ordinance are:
- Mayor Brandon Whipple
- Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson
- Becky Tuttle
- Cindy Claycomb
Also please plan to attend the meeting:
Tuesday, July 6th at 9 AM
455 N Main, 1st Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
They will bring it up under unfinished business and will give the public an opportunity to speak. Simply raise your hand and kindly share why this ordinance is harmful to you, your family, and the community.
Our families and our city are depending on it!
Fellow Wichitan and business owner
Lately, you’ve heard from us about the ordinances being proposed throughout Johnson County having to do with sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender). In just the last month, we’ve seen the same laws introduced in Mission, Prairie Village, and Merriam. City councilors in these towns worked for months behind the scenes with LGBT organizations to craft language, recruit letters of support, and organize activists. This work is likely already underway at your city council.
Now, after a thorough legal review, we have an update that should concern every person of faith in every community in Kansas. While city councilors have told citizens the ordinances exempt churches and other religious organizations, the truth is, they don’t.
First, the ordinances define a “religious organization” as an entity “principally devoted to religious practice or religious teaching.” That modifier “principally” is crucial. It means that churches are exempted (in part – more on this later) but other religious organizations, including Christian schools and ministry organizations, are not.
Second, even for the limited group of religious organizations that are exempted (churches), the exemption only applies to “employment…that consists of religious teaching, ministry, or other religious duties or practices.” So, while a church can require the pastor to believe and live according to the biblical standard of human sexuality, it cannot require that of administrators, facilities personnel, and all others involved in the work of the church.
If this sort of ordinance passes, every church and ministry in your town will be subject to penalties for requiring biblical faithfulness of its employees.
It’s not too late to stop the SOGI push in its tracks. Contact your city council NOW and tell them your town doesn’t need a SOGI ordinance. Tell them people of faith, ministries, and churches shouldn’t be criminalized merely for living and working in accordance with their beliefs.
President and Executive Director
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