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

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

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.

Your vote in the City Election on November 5th can send a strong message about this agenda in Wichita. (Learn which candidates support this radical agenda below.)

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.

As we’ve discussed before several city councils in Johnson County have been quietly passing SOGI ordinances.

But it’s not just Johnson County that is being targeted. Wichita is the next city in the bullseye.

This issue is front and center in the Wichita election on November 5th, and depending on whom you vote for in the upcoming election, a SOGI ordinance could make its way into Wichita very soon.

The candidates below have expressed support for the LGBTQ+ agenda or have been endorsed by radical LGBTQ+ groups. Several of them even held a campaign event in a gay bar:

Wichita Mayor
Brandon Whipple
Amy Lyon

City Council District 2
Becky Tuttle
Rodney Wren

City Council District 4
Beckie Jenek

Wichita (USD 259) School Board
Stan Reeser
Joseph W. Shepard

Please remember to vote on November 5th and vote your values.

For the freedom of all Kansans,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

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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Wichita

Billie and Steve Brunk

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Steve Brunk was presented with the Daniel Award for his service to Kansas and to the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Eric shared a story about William Penn standing up for his beliefs in the face of a prideful government official.

David and Jason Benham encouraged us to be “chocolate chips in the cookie dough of culture.”

They shared from their book “Living Among Lions”

Jason said we should let go of whatever we are holding on to and focus our attention on God and his plans for our lives.

Eric Teetsel is president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Overland Park

Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback

David Benham, Gov. Brownback, Jason Benham

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Gov. Brownback has signed 18 pro-life bills into law.

Paul Weber shared the strategy of Family Policy Alliance toward a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Eric Teetsel shares how something as simple as tipping a hat became an issue of religious freedom for William Penn.

Jason and David Benham cracked us up.

Eric Teetsel presented Charles Macheers with the Daniel Award for his service in the Kansas House.

Robyn Essex, Kim Kentera, Jason Benham, David Benham, Eric Teetsel, Paul Weber, Amy Adams, Stuart Shepard

You helped make our events in Wichita and Overland Park a success!

Eric is especially thankful for your partnership and your support as we work together to build a Kansas where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

If you’d like to join us in this work, please click on the red Donate button. Thank you.

Enjoy an Evening with the Benham Brothers. They’ll share how to live out your faith when your freedoms are under attack.

Learn more and register. 

We deeply appreciate everyone who made our May 12 Gala in Wichita such a phenomenal success! You packed the room. We heard from Gov. Brownback and Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Thank you for working with us in support of Kansas families.

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The event at the Wichita Country Club was sold out.

 

Gov. Sam Brownback shared his support and encouragement for the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback shared his support and encouragement for the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas.

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran shared how writing a book on his own time that encourages Christian men to live according to Christian morality got him fired. He knocked it out of the park!

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran shared how writing a book on his own time that encourages Christian men to live according to Christian morality got him fired. He knocked it out of the park!