Together we’ve been pushing back against a statewide sexual orientation and gender identity law (SOGI) for roughly a decade in Kansas. And together we’ve defeated these efforts time and time again.

But last week, quietly, the Human Rights Commission reinterpreted our Kansas law under the guise of an improperly applied Supreme Court ruling to do what they could not get done otherwise – they created their own sexual orientation and gender identity law. These are the laws that have been used systematically across the country to silence people of faith, like Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips, or anyone who might take a contrary view.

This unilateral decision by the Commission proports to apply a recent Supreme Court ruling, Bostock v. Clayton County, to our Kansas law. Bostock reinterpreted the word “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity, strictly for hiring and firing of employees. However, a Supreme Court ruling of this nature is not binding on our Kansas civil rights law. Though the wording may be similar, courts in Kansas are free to interpret them differently. The Bostock ruling also only applied to U.S. employers with 15 or more employees.

In fact, the ruling refused to address any other issues – including employment related issues like sex-segregated bathrooms. The employers who were being sued stated their concern that reinterpreting Title VII would affect other sections of the code or state laws. However, Justice Gorsuch specifically brushed these fears aside, noting that would not be the case.

Turns out they weren’t unfounded fears.

They’ve already become reality through several lawsuits across the country. And now they are materializing in our state.

How does this happen and what can we do?

The Human Rights Commission is an unelected commission, appointed by the governor. There is very little oversight over this Commission. Commissions like this have been used in Washington state and Colorado to not just investigate people of faith, but to target and destroy the livelihood of any who might disagree with the commission’s agenda.

The Kansas Commission’s decision to not alert the public to what they were discussing, to misapply federal caselaw, and to only alert legislators and LGBT activists that agreed with their decision does NOT give us confidence that they will fairly apply this new law they’ve created. These same tactics have been used to silence and coerce approved beliefs and speech by similar commissions all across the country.

They knew that the likelihood of actually enacting this legislation constitutionally, in the light of day, was shrinking as every Republican legislator who co-signed the SOGI legislation last session was defeated in the August Primary. Instead, the Commission chose to violate the trust of the people of Kansas and force their political agenda on us.

The Attorney General and our legislators do have some ability to keep this Commission in check.

Would you send the Attorney General and your state legislators a note encouraging them to hold the Commission accountable?

It’s easy in our Action Center.

We will continue to keep you informed on our efforts to roll back this disastrous decision and to keep the Commission in check. It is more imperative than ever that we work together to protect religious freedom and families in our state as the Left will do whatever it takes to covertly impose their agenda on Kansans.

For families and religious freedom,

Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy

P.S. If you would like to help us push back against the efforts to undermine families, religious freedom, and free speech in Kansas, please, consider a generous donation to Family Policy Alliance of Kansas today!

We need you to act today to help us stop an effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as protected classes to our current nondiscrimination laws. A hearing has been scheduled for this bill next Thursday, March 19. Your quick action is needed to oppose it.

Around the country, SOGI laws have been the impetus for bathroom privacy issues (allowing men into women’s restrooms and locker rooms) and attacks on small business owners (like cake baker Jack Phillips in Colorado and florist Barronelle Stutzman in Washington State.) We need our conservative legislators to stand strong on this issue.

Despite claims to the contrary, the legislation that has been introduced does nothing to protect everyday believers like Jack and Barronelle. When this legislation receives a hearing, it becomes a circus, painting people of faith as out of step with the times and as bigots.

This legislation has been introduced in the past in Kansas but this is the first time in several years that it has gotten a hearing. For the good of all families in our state and for protection of our religious liberty, we need you to let your legislators know that weaponizing our nondiscrimination laws, designed to protect all Kansans, is totally unacceptable in our state.

I ask that you contact the members of the committee TODAY and ask that they keep the faith in the people of Kansas. Thank you for taking action! And please share widely so others can make their voice heard, too!

If you can make it, the hearing will be Thursday, March 19th at 9:00 am in the Old Supreme Court Chamber on the 3rd floor of the Capitol in Topeka. We need to fill the room that day and people should plan to arrive early in order to get a seat. We also need people of faith who are willing to testify against this bill. If you are interested, please let me know by emailing me at kansas@familypolicyalliance.com.

Keeping the faith in Kansans,

Brittany M. Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

P.S. If you are an individual who can speak out for our freedom by testifying on this bill, I can help with arrangements but we need to act quickly – deadlines for arranging testimony are Tuesday, March 17th – email me for more details at kansas@familypolicyalliance.com.

On Friday, a GOP congressman from Utah introduced a bill that is fashioned as a grand compromise between the LGBT movement and proponents of religious freedom.

It’s not.

The backers of the bill, who have titled it “Fairness for All,” may be well intentioned. But as famed economist Milton Friedman once stated: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”

And the results of “Fairness for All” would be very similar to its close cousin, the so-called “Equality Act” that is being pushed by LGBT activists. Just like the Equality Act and similar SOGI laws in 21 states, “Fairness for All” enshrines “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into civil rights laws, alongside race.

One would expect a meaningful compromise to include, at the very least, a religious exemption for wedding vendors who have been targeted by LGBT activists. But no, the only religious exemptions are for churches and other religious non-profits – the very groups that least need them, as they are already protected under longstanding legal precedents.

Though this bill is put forward by a Republican, it’s reminiscent of the Obama doctrine of “freedom of worship”: What you believe inside the four walls of your church is just fine, but don’t expect “freedom of religion” to live out your beliefs in everyday life.

“Fairness for All” also punishes parents who believe in biblical marriage and sexuality – in some cases requiring that children be placed in homes that affirm liberal views on sexual orientation and gender identity. And if a child is a ward of the state, only counseling that affirms the child’s transgender identity is allowed.

What are the roots of this mostly one-sided compromise?

Some believe that the LGBT movement’s SOGI laws are inevitable, so we just need to get whatever protections we can now. But there are big problems with this view:

Encouragingly, only a handful of Republican members of Congress have co-sponsored this legislation. In addition to the primary sponsor, Chris Stewart (UT-02), the following Republicans are co-sponsors: Mark Amodei (NV-02), Rob Bishop (UT-01), John Curtis (UT-03), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), David Joyce (OH-14), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Fred Upton (MI-06).

Still, it is very important that other Republicans (and Democrats as well) hear from their constituents who are opposed to this one-sided compromise.

Please take a moment to send a message to your member of Congress and your two U.S. senators, urging them to oppose the so-called “Fairness for All” legislation.

Thanks for making your voice heard and spreading the word.

For religious freedom,

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

We’ve been keeping you updated on what is transpiring Olathe as LGBTQ+ activists have pushed to impose a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance (SOGI) on the Olathe City Council. I know I’ve said this before but now is the time for action. The Council is planning to take a final vote on an ordinance TOMORROW night.

We need you to show up and be willing to speak out. Activists are trying to ram this vote through before the newly elected city council members join the council in January. They are targeting city council members who have stood strongly to protect religious freedom and the privacy of women and girls in Olathe.  The councilmembers standing up for your values need your support.

Please make plans to attend the meeting tomorrow Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.  If you can attend it would be best to arrive by 6:30. We are asking that people who attend wear red to show their support for religious freedom. 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 Olathe,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

LGBTQ+ activists are pushing your city council members to pass a sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance (SOGI). The Topeka Policy and Finance Committee will  be discussing your freedom TOMORROW when they meet. 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, florist, 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 being 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. Topeka 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?

  1. Make your voice heard. It’s simple on our action page to reach out to your City Council. We’ve made it simple on our Action Center, as you can reach all of those councilmembers with just a click. Remember to share this message with your friends and family so they too can speak up!
  2. Attend the Policy and Finance Committee Meeting to be held TOMORROW at 2 p.m. The Committee meets in the Executive Conference Room (City Hall 3rd Floor) 215 SE 7th St., Topeka, KS.
  3. 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 Topeka,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about the problems that sexual orientation and gender identity laws (SOGI) create for Kansans. We’ve looked at the implications SOGIs have for businesses and schools – now we’ll look at the implications they have for churches and for those sitting in the pews.

As an attorney for the city of Overland Park pointed out, the only real push back to SOGI laws comes from the faith community. In fact, this attorney suggested that the city council needed to figure out how to “get over” religious objections to a SOGI ordinance. Having this sentiment spoken openly by a city official in a public meeting is an extremely disturbing, though not shocking, development. The free exercise of religion is our first listed freedom in the Bill of Rights and is one of the oldest and dearly loved freedoms in American culture. It should be a right that we all work to defend because it is the foundation of all of our other rights.

The once hidden agenda to overcome and violate religious beliefs is increasingly obvious. Even more now than ever, there is a clear conflict between religious freedom, free thought, and the LGBTQ agenda. LGBTQ+ activist demand that everyone agrees with their belief system. It is not even enough to just passively accept their beliefs; they want everyone to celebrate their lifestyle or else be pushed out of society.

Many people have sought to “compromise” by adding religious exemptions for churches to the SOGI ordinances. Exempting select groups from SOGIs runs into problems for several reasons:

While well-meaning folks across the country want to introduce compromise language as a way of appeasing LGBTQ activists and attempt to protect the church, it does little, to nothing, to actually address the concerns that SOGIs present to people of faith. The freedom to think, believe, and speak is too important to compromise as our opponents are always looking for a way to “get over” our beliefs.

Standing for the freedom to believe,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas mailers and ads helped inform voters in Olathe and Shawnee, resulting in major election victories.

Note: This is Part 2 of Keep the Faith in Kansas: SOGIs in schools

Tuesday night showed how Kansans can push back against the LGBT agenda in our cities and schools. See my report later in this email on how your support for Family Policy Alliance of Kansas helped bring about some great election wins in Olathe and Shawnee.

This is critical, as the Left has realized that they can’t win at the national or even the state level, they are instead coming after our cities and our schools. A comprehensive statewide sexual orientation and gender identity law (SOGI) has not been passed by a state since 2009. The radical left is mad about it, so they are now going after the low-hanging fruit – our city council members and your kids in school. In my last article on this topic, we talked about the effect of local ordinances on businesses for both business owners and their patrons. This week, I will look at how SOGI policies effect our kids in schools.

Parents often don’t even know what their child is being taught in the classroom on this subject – or that the school or school board has changed its policy – until after their child has already been exposed to the information. Girls come home telling stories of being forced to change for gym in front of boys, etc.

The biggest threat in the school system for kids in Kansas is through local school policies that open up school bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate spaces to members of the opposite biological sex. There are already several school districts and individual schools that have passed these policies, including Manhattan and Olathe. Shawnee is even now looking into passing such a policy. These policies also coerce teachers’ and students’ speech by mandating that they use a pronoun that disagrees with the God-given biological sex of the person.

This is an alarming trend because parents often have little-to-no input in these decisions. We know of stories of young girls who refuse to use locker rooms or bathrooms at school because they do not want to be forced to share intimate space with a biological male. In some states, these policies are even coming from the state Department of Education where SOGI policies require that students learn gay, lesbian, and transgender ideology in their classroom. This can occur not just in a sex-ed class but also in Social Studies, History, English and other subjects.

Fortunately, neither of these policies has been implemented statewide in Kansas yet, but we all need to be alert in case Governor Kelly’s activist administration chooses to assert its will in this way. It is important that parents have conversations with their kids about these topics so that if they come up in the classroom, they know to alert you.

One final way these policies are impacting schools is in athletics. Many schools are forcing girls to compete against biological males in their sports. Allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts biological girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart blood-pumping capacity of the average male far outpaces even the most elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.

Allowing biological boys to participate in girls’ sports deprives our girls of opportunities for making teams, winning victories, and earning scholarships. Biological boys are already beginning to win athletic championships in many states. Girls across the country are being cheated out of titles that are properly theirs by boys claiming to be girls.

A helpful tool on this issue is our Parent Resource Guide to help you understand what is going on in schools. You can download the full document here.

On a positive note, Kansans are successfully pushing back on this radical LGBTQ agenda! This was evidenced Tuesday night by the fact that the one of largest cities in Johnson County, Olathe –  a city under increasing pressure to pass a SOGI –  rejected two candidates who support SOGI in favor of two candidates who agree with our values as Kansans.

We also saw major victories in the Shawnee city council races. Victories in these cities show the rest of the state that most Kansans do not support these policies being pushed through the city councils.

Your support helped make these victories possible. Family Policy Alliance of Kansas voter guides, mailers and digital ads were critical to informing voters about where the candidates stood. Thank you for your financial support that makes all of this work possible!

Standing for the freedom of ALL Kansans,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

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We can all acknowledge that the Left does not hide its agenda or its strategy. It is very clear, if you are watching. The most recent attack from the Left requires that every man, woman, and child, no matter their station in life, agree with their radical sexual agenda.

As you already know, LGBTQ+ activists are targeting city councils in Johnson County to compel agreement with their sexual ideology in the form of sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination ordinances (SOGI). Because the SOGI issue has been in the local news recently, you also know why this is such an important matter.

Your vote in the City Election on November 5th can send a strong message about these attacks.

As noted in an email yesterday, these new ordinances and laws affect Kansas businesses and consumers in drastic ways. They also pose safety and privacy issues for girls and women because they mandate restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms be gender neutral.

This issue is front and center in your city election on November 5th. Our voter guide will help you see where the candidates in Olathe and Shawnee stand on protecting girls and women’s privacy. Click here to view/print the Olathe voter guide. Click here to view/print the Shawnee voter guide. Know where your candidates stand and please don’t forget to vote November 5th.

For the freedom of all Kansans,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

PS. If you do not know the location of your polling place, contact the Johnson County Election Commissioner Website.

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