…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
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. Last spring, LGBTQ+ activists were pushing your City Councilmembers to pass a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinances (SOGI). 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. Consider two examples:
- Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who recently won a Supreme Court case, was prosecuted under a SOGI law for declining to create a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. He gladly sells off-the-shelf products to anyone, but he reserves his artistic, creative talents for things he believes in.But now, even though he won at the highest court, he is still under order by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to not do ANY weddings (a huge part of his business) because of his faith-based convictions. He has been sued two other times by LGBTQ+ activists for not making cakes based on gender identity based on the belief that God made men and women in His image. These activists are insistent on continuing to try to ruin his life.
- Barronelle Stutzman in Washington State was prosecuted for declining to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. She was a friend of the openly gay customer and had long served his floral needs. When he asked her about the wedding, she hugged him while politely declining – and even referred him to another florist who would do it. She is still in legal proceedings and is at grave risk of losing her home and business from fines and legal costs.
LGBT activists have been pushing similar ordinances around the state, including Prairie Village, Shawnee, and Roeland Park. And activists have been pushing Olathe’s City Council as well. Overland Park 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. It’s simple on our Action Center to reach out with just a click to the members of the committee that will hear this discussion.
- Please make plans to attend the committee meeting – Wednesday, September 4th, at 7 p.m. – at the City Hall, located at 8500 Santa Fe Drive Overland Park KS 66212. 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 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 Overland Park,
Brittany Jones, Esq.
Thank you for helping make our evenings in Wichita and Overland Park on May 10 and 11 so special.
The theme was “Unleashing Citizenship.” We heard from Gov. Sam Brownback; David and Jason Benham, who shared from their book “Living Among Lions”; Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas; and Paul Weber, president of Family Policy Alliance. We’re thankful that you are a part of our work.
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