As you may know the Wichita City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday (July 6th) to allow a sexual orientation & gender identity nondiscriminatiom ordinance to move forward. These type ordinances have been used systemically across the nation as a sword against people of faith.

With the very narrow religious exemptions in the ordinance, people of faith will still be investigated & subjected to heavy fines simply for living out their faith no matter how kind or compassionate they may be.

Now the City Council is trying to slip the second vote through on the consent calendar without time for public comment.

We asked you yesterday to reach out to the Council to ask them to allow the public to continue to respectfully comment on this ordinance that will affect all of us.

Today, we have learned that they are denying any further public comment on this matter except for five people whom they have chosen to speak at the meeting next week.

We need you to call the Council to politely and respectfully let them know that this is unacceptable and that they must listen to voters in Wichita.

Here are their numbers:

Mayor Brandon Whipple– (316) 290-9447

District 1: Brandon Johnson – (316) 207-5843

District 2: Becky Tuttle – (316) 651-6099

District 3: Jared Cerullo – (316) 249-2941

District 4: Jeff Blubaugh – (316) 640-0656

District 5: Bryan Frye – (316) 258-3623

District 6: Cindy Claycomb – (316) 444-0087

As a reminder, we will meet for prayer again before the City Council meeting at 730 am, July 13th at City Hall.

Please let your pastor & your friends know about what is happening in Wichita. (Also visit us on FaceBook to share our posts on this issue with your friends.)

Sincerely,

Jeff Bennett
Executive Director

 

As you may know the Wichita City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to allow a sexual orientation & gender identity nondiscriminatiom ordinance to move forward. These type ordinances have been used systemically across the nation as a sword against people of faith.

With the very narrow religious exemptions in the ordinance, people of faith will still be investigated & subjected to heavy fines simply for living out their faith no matter how kind or compassionate they may be.

Now the City Council is trying to slip the second vote through on the consent calendar without time for public comment.

Please reach out today & ask that they allow the public to continue to respectfully comment on this ordinance that will affect all of us. It only takes a moment in our Action Center.

Once again I strongly encourage to engage with Christian love & humility. Please remember that we are called to speak truthfully in love.

We will meet for prayer again before the meeting at 7:30 am, July 13th at City Hall. Please let your pastor & your friends know about what is happening in Wichita.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bennett
Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As we reflected on our nation’s rich history of liberty and our declaration of independence from Great Britain this past week, we also spent time reflecting on our history of freedom-minded, family-oriented work in Kansas.

Starting in the 1980s and gaining momentum in 2015, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas has worked to promote liberty and family values in two primary ways:

First, our work centers on returning to the values and principles our Founding Fathers believed would establish a truly free & prosperous nation.

Signing the Declaration of Independence was costly. The Founders described that cost in the final sentence of the document: They pledged to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

Why would they do such a thing? Why would they give up the comforts of security, family life, and prosperity to stand up to the king and his army?

They acted because of the real injustices being inflicted on the American colonists by King George and his refusal to do what was necessary for “the public good.”

They acted not for their own profit (they knew they would likely make the ultimate sacrifice after signing this declaration) but for the good of their neighbors, children, and all future generations who had a God-given right to live in liberty, experience life, and pursue happiness.

The result of their bravery and statesmanship is the nation full of liberties we enjoy today.

The cost was high — many gave everything so their children and future generations could be free.

We want to see Kansas return to those values of liberty, honor, and sacrifice for the good of all Kansans.

Second, we want to reverse the damage done by progressive policies that devalue human life, destroy family, and divide neighbors.

Progressivism has infected every area of public life and the policies being pushed today have disastrous consequences for this ideology’s victims.

For example, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) nondiscriminatiom laws have cropped up in states all over our country with ramifications that are sinister and far reaching. Most recently we have seen this push in the city of Wichita.

While SOGI may sound innocuous, these laws actually provide for a new protected class based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, allowing people in this class to sue based on perceived “discrimination.”

These are also the laws that allow men access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.

We’ve fought back to protect women’s privacy, opportunities, and dignity against these radical laws and ideologies.

Another example of the damaging effect of progressive ideology in action today is the erosion of parental rights.

Many elected officials at the local and state level believe minors should have access to abortion without parental consent, have implemented classroom curricula that undermines parental influence, and ultimately believe the state should have greater control of parenting rights and decisions.

In the face of such malicious attacks on our values and our families in Kansas, Family Policy Alliance has taken a stand and fights every day for you and your family.

We’ve seen some incredible victories in the years we’ve been in Kansas.

Our Founding Fathers planted a seed of liberty. Since 1776, that seed has grown into a strong tree that has not only weathered many storms but has provided safety and shelter to people from all over the world who yearn to be free.

But the tree is under attack. That’s why Family Policy Alliance exists, and it’s why we’re eager to share strategic updates with you in the coming days and weeks. The best is yet to come.

For Kansas,

 Jeff Bennett signature  Brittany Jones Signature  David Beauchamp Signature
Jeff Bennett
Executive Director
Brittany Jones
Director of Advocacy
David Beauchamp
Church Outreach Director

You did it. You made them listen and the City Council was forced to go back to the drawing board regarding the proposed sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination ordinance. This weekend a new draft became public that specifically exempted churches and religious organizations when functioning specifically (and only) in their ‘religious’ role.

Unfortunately, we’re not done, yet. While protecting churches was something they were always going to have to do because a court would have forced them to under the First Amendment, there are still a lot of problems with ordinances like this one when they are used to target every day people of faith.

Please know, the stories you’ve heard about in which business owners were attacked, or women were forced to use bathrooms with males – ALL that is still possible if Wichita enacts this ordinance.

Just one example:

Jack Phillips went back to court for the third time last week to protect his ability to live out his faith in his business. You may remember Jack from a couple years ago when he was narrowly vindicated before the US Supreme Court.

Jack’s case started in 2012 when he respectfully declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, though he had made many other desserts for the same couple. (YES, Jack has now been fighting the consequences of a SOGI law for nearly ten years!)  Though the Supreme Court said he had been treated badly by the commission that investigated the complaint brought by the couple, the Court did not do anything about the underlying law that allowed the complaint to be brought. And guess what – that was a similar sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination law as what we are seeing proposed in Wichita.

Cities and state governments have been willing to prosecute cases like this all the way to the state or federal Supreme Court. Wichitans shouldn’t have to spend years in court for a law that is in search of a problem.

Under this ordinance a pastor is welcome to teach until he is blue in the face about God’s design for marriage and sexuality but the church member sitting in the pew won’t be allowed to actually act on that teaching or freely live out those values outside the walls of the church.

Do we really want Wichitans to be forced to go to court for years in order to defend basic God given rights?

I urge you to contact your City Councilmembers and pray that they will change their hearts.

We encourage you to come to the city council meeting on July 6th and stand up for your family and our city. We will be meeting outside for prayer at 8 am.


Tuesday, July 6th at 8 AM
455​ N Main, 1st Floor
Wichita, KS 67202​

 

We so appreciate that so many of you took time to reach out. We still need you! We are in this for the long haul to make sure Wichita stays a welcoming place for families, businesses, and believers.

For Wichita,

Jeff Bennett
Executive Director

 

Take Action

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:

Reach out to the councilmembers and let them know to reject this rushed process when they meet for their final consideration on July 6th!

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!

Sincerely,

Jeff Bennett

Executive Director
Fellow Wichitan and business owner

Barronelle Stutzman, great grandmother and Washington State florist, was prosecuted and could lose everything, simply for declining to create custom flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding. A similar law is about to be voted on in Columbus, and your action is needed.

 

Columbus is neighborly and welcoming – a great place to raise a family and to live out your faith. It’s right in the heart of our state and shouldn’t remind anyone of radical cities like New York and San Francisco.

But now, some legislators are pushing an amendment that would punish people for their ideas and beliefs. This is a battle that needs the attention of all Columbus residents. A vote is being taken on Tuesday, May 11tgh, so action is needed today!

The Georgia Non-discrimination Ordinance is known as a SOGI law because it offers special protections for “sexual orientation and gender identity” classes. This directly attacks the rights of Columbus citizens – or anyone traveling through Columbus – ranging from the Christian business owner whose faith will be discriminated against to the young girl who simply wishes to use a restroom for females only. That’s right, this SOGI requires local businesses to allow biological males to use the same restrooms as the daughters in Columbus!

Do you remember Jack Phillips? He is the Colorado baker who recently won a Supreme Court case, after being prosecuted under a SOGI law for declining to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding.

Do you remember Barronelle Stutzman? She is the florist in Washington State (pictured above) who is also being prosecuted under SOGI laws for declining to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. She, like Jack, is at grave risk of losing her home and business from fines and legal costs.

Over and over again, SOGI laws have been the leading tool used by the Left to attack religious freedom. And the gender identity component puts the privacy and safety of women and girls at risk by opening women’s bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms and other public accommodations to men.

This bill will be heard by the Columbus City Council on Tuesday, May 11th. You can send a message to each of the council members – urging them to vote NO – with just a click on our Action Center.

Please also take a moment to call Mayor Skip Henderson at (706) 225-4712 and politely ask him to OPPOSE the Georgia Non-discrimination Ordinance.

Please make your voice heard for freedom! Thanks for taking action and spreading the word!


Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

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