LGBTQ+ activists are pushing your city council members to pass a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance (SOGI). Many of your council members have shown their inclination to vote for this ordinance. These types of ordinances will be used to undermine religious freedom in Kansas, and your voice is needed to stop it!
The measure is similar to laws in other states that have been used to punish business owners (such as bakers and florists) who decline to participate in same-sex weddings. In some cases, those owners have been forced to close their businesses and have been hit with tens of thousands of dollars in fines. These laws also cover “gender identity” and have been responsible for opening women’s bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms and other public accommodations to men and boys regardless of their biological sex.
These sorts of laws have been destructive in other states. This is not what we want for our state or our city.
The ordinance is known as a SOGI law because of its stated purpose to protect people based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
But what it really does is divide friends and give government the power to pick winners and losers based on their beliefs. These sorts of laws have come between cakebakers, florists, t-shirt designers, wedding photographers and their long time customers. These are not made up stories, but real-life small business owners whose entire livelihood have been put at risk.
The proposed ordinance looks like it is supposed to protect religious institutions and claims to protect religious freedom; however, that doesn’t stop business owners from being sued or fined in the process of defending their rights. This ordinance is being presented in conjunction with a hate crimes ordinance and a resolution to ban the city from discriminating in its own contracting.
LGBT activists have been pushing similar ordinances around the state, including Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Roeland Park. And activists have been pushing Olathe’s City Council as well. Lenexa is already a kind and welcoming place. We don’t need a resolution or ordinance to tell us to treat each other well.
What can you do?
- Make your voice heard. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center, as you can reach all of those councilmembers with just a click.
- Please make plans to attend the meeting – Tuesday, October 1st, at 7 p.m. – at the City Hall. If you can attend, it would be best to arrive by 6:30.
- Encourage your pastor to get involved as well. These are not just “political” issues, but they have great significance for families, for the ability to live out our Biblical beliefs, and for the fabric of our society as a whole.
We appreciate your respectful engagement on this issue and encourage you to spend earnest time in prayer for your city and its leaders.
Praying for Lenexa,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Directory of Advocacy
…they came for your city.
Not to be an alarmist, but over the summer LGBTQ+ activists have been targeting cities in Johnson County to pass sexual orientation and gender identity ordinances (SOGI). These are the types of laws that have been used to target cakebakers, wedding photographers, t-shirt designers, and other business owners across the country. They silence debate and actually compel speech and action.
Cities like Shawnee, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park are currently on the target list for groups that want to force residents to agree with their sexual agenda. If you think it won’t affect you just ask Jack Phillips, a normal bakery owner, who has been sued three times for not giving into the demands of Colorado’s radical LGBTQ+ agenda. Or Baronelle Stutsman who owned a flower shop and is defending her right to live out her faith before the Washington Supreme Court for the second time.
These ordinance force women to use intimate spaces, such as bathrooms, alongside biological males in shelters, government buildings, and even some businesses. Some cities have forced women who have been abused to share living spaces in shelters with biological men. They force people in all areas of a community to use pronouns that do not fit the God-given biological identity of an individual.
These are not made up stories. These are real people whose lives have been radically changed by this agenda.
These ordinances claim to make narrow exceptions for religion by exempting religious institutions but how can a preacher preach, or a teacher teach parishioners who cannot take what they learned beyond the four walls of their church. Our faith informs every aspect of our lives – this includes treating people with dignity and respect. However, this doesn’t mean that dignity and respect require us to become complicit in behavior that violates our faith.
Christ is the true definition of love and respect. We can still love and love well without caving to the world’s redefinition of these terms.
If you live in one of the cities being targeted to pass a SOGI – please reach out to your city council members and let them know that you disagree with these policies. If you are in a city that hasn’t been targeted yet, start talking to your network and your local government leaders to warn them about these types of ordinances. This issue is just too important for us not to engage.
I invite you to join me in this battle and be a part of ensuring that all Kansans can live out their faith.
Standing with you,
Director of Advocacy