July 2, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court announced a major victory on Donor Privacy yesterday – protecting the names and private information from busy-body state governments. Because of this ruling, governments cannot demand nonprofits or charities, like LFF, to disclose private donor information. This protects LFF from cancel culture and preserves the rights of Americans to support causes they care about without punishment from political bureaucrats.
LFF participated in this case by submitting an amicus brief, and we’re proud to report that YOUR voice – was heard loud and clear in this case.
Here’s what David French had to say about this ruling:
“In striking down CA's compelled disclosure requirements, SCOTUS took a constitutionally critical step towards protecting participation in public advocacy. It's important to note that activists from across the ideological spectrum united to claim First Amendment protections in this case.”
Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court also declined to hear a case involving Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian business owner who had been sued for declining to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Statement from Alliance Defending Freedom:
"Although the outcome of this case is tragic, the critical work of protecting the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans must continue. No one should be forced to express a message or celebrate an event they disagree with. A government that can crush someone like Barronelle, who kindly served her gay customer for nearly a decade but simply declined to create art celebrating one sacred ceremony, can use its power to crush any of us regardless of our political ideology or views on important issues like marriage. Thankfully, other courts have recognized that the Constitution does not allow this. Unlike the Washington Supreme Court in Barronelle’s case, the Arizona Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit have ruled that the government cannot force creative professionals to create artistic expression that violates their religious beliefs. We are confident that the Supreme Court will eventually join those courts in affirming the constitutionally protected freedom of creative professionals to live and work consistently with their most deeply held beliefs.”
In case you missed it, Senate President Page Cortez released a statement this week signaling that “a veto override session was on track to take place after the governor transmits vetoes to the body”. Cortez says Edwards’ veto of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act likely spurs enough backing among senators for the mid-July veto session. This is great news, and it’s all thanks to your “expressiveness” with their offices.
Your engagement is still needed for the veto override session to address the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act and Constitutional Carry legislation. Here's the governor's final list of vetoes and bills signed into law.
I'm asking you to do me a personal favor- Will you forward this link to your pastor and encourage him to SIGN ON to this petition to support the override effort. I need Louisiana’s faith leaders to speak LOUD + Clear on this issue so that we can correct this unforced error by our governor.
In other news, Last night, a controversial split vote by St. Tammany Parish council members (8-6) places the Slidell Casino project on the November 13th ballot. Several lawsuits are pending, aimed at preserving the will of the people that was already issued in 1996: NO CASINOS ON THE NORTH SHORE.
St. Tammany Parish is well- educated on the negative effects of removing the current ban and bringing a casino to town. Proponents argue a casino will result in more revenue, but does that really offset increased traffic, crime, and financial strains on marriages and families?
This fight is not over. We’ll keep you updated on our progress to preserve the will of the people and close the door on the predatory gambling industry.
I want to wish each of you, and your families, a Happy Independence Day!
In His Service,