June 18, 2021

Dear Friend,

Yesterday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia, a case involving a Catholic foster care agency that had been excluded from the City of Philadelphia’s foster care program because of their religious beliefs about healthy marriages and families.

The vote was 9-0, with ALL justices – even the liberal justices – siding with religious liberty and an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

I don’t need to explain why this is GOOD news. This is a narrow win for religious freedom, however; Clarence Thomas argued that a broader application of first amendment rights could have been argued and protected here. Still, every American benefits from yesterday’s opinion—especially the children in Philadelphia, who now will have more options for a loving home.

LFF applauds this decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, and we will work to apply this ruling to protect churches and faith-based groups from discrimination in the Pelican State, should it become necessary.

 

LFF is asking Louisiana to call Gov. Edwards and express your support for SB 156, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. He has until June 21st to take action or allow it to become law without a signature. Please send the Governor a message encouraging support of SB 156.

The bill ensures fairness in women’s sports by protecting female athletes from being forced to compete against bigger, stronger, and more competitive male athletes. It was passed overwhelmingly by a bipartisan vote of the Louisiana Legislature.

Allowing men to compete in women’s sports, threatens ALL women. If we don’t protect the playing field now, then eventually all we will have is male-dominated sports. 

Earlier this week, the Biden Department of Education issued an interpretation on sexual identity which may incentivize a Governor Edwards veto on SB 156. However, the DOE ruling based on Bostock decision was wrongly interpreted.

U.S. Supreme Court explicitly stated on page 31 of the Bostock opinion:

The employers worry that our decision will sweep beyond Title VII to other federal or state laws that prohibit sex discrimination.  Any under Title VII itself, they say sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes will prove unsustainable after our decision today.  But none of these other laws are before us; …….  Under Title VII, too, we do not purport to address bathrooms, locker rooms, or anything else of the kind.  The only question before us is whether an employer who fires someone simply for being homosexual or transgender has discharged or otherwise discriminated against that individual ‘because of such individual’s sex.’”

John Bel Edwards must protect women’s sports from male domination and Louisiana schoolchildren from Biden sexual politics. Please click here to contact Gov. Edwards and send him your message!

 

Yesterday’s SCOTUS decision came just one day after a questionable directive from the U.S. Department of Education, in which it announced it would begin interpreting the definition of “sex” in Title IX as “gender identity,” effectively forcing taxpayer-funded schools to open up showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms to anyone of any biological sex.

LFF will fight against policies that take away opportunities from women and girls, and policies that open the door for predators to pose as women in private places without any legal repercussions.

 

LFF is closely watching how these national developments will play out in Louisiana. Our team is prepared to stand in the gap for you and your family as you seek to protect them from this radical activism in Washington, D.C. If you want to play a role in protecting our state, please click here to make a contribution towards that work.

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

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