Courts are battling over how far religious liberty and free speech rights will go in America. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
 

We’re now several years into the same battles over whether Christians and other people of faith will be allowed to live and work according to their sincerely held religious beliefs. The cases started with Barronelle Stutzman in Washington and Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon – business owners who didn’t feel they could sell their services in celebration of a same-sex union.

Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker, was also dragged into court, and other Christian business owners have been fighting back against discriminatory ordinances across the country.

Late last week, a federal court delivered a big victory for religious liberty by declaring unconstitutional a Louisville, Kentucky city ordinance, which required wedding photographers and other vendors to participate same-sex weddings.

The judge’s decision reaffirmed the reality that the “Constitution does not require a choice between gay rights and freedom of speech.”

 

LFF doesn't see eye-to-eye with the Democrat platform on life, and apparently the Edwards Administration doesn't either. Governor Edwards joined a handful of other elected pro-life Democrats in imploring the Democrat Party to abandon its untenable and unabashed promotion of abortion. As the Governor noted, a wide majority of Americans oppose abortion, especially so when it comes to late-term abortions.

LFF looks forward to the day all major political parties in America wake up to the reality that abortion ends a life and work together to stop the practice once and for all.

 

Our friends at Family Research Council have launched a new pro-life law tracker that identifies states' progress on protecting life. Click here to see the maps and see how Louisiana sizes up.

 

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)’s office has released a report that documents the societal decline experienced as a result of the undermining of the traditional family unit. Intact families ensure that the needs of children are met and that they’re given the best opportunity to succeed. The statistics tell the story– many years of social science data show that kids do best with a mother and a father in a committed, loving marital relationship.

 

Nebraska’s governor has signed into law a bill that bans the practice of dismemberment abortions – the practice of a baby being torn apart in the womb. Many states, including Louisiana, have attempted to pass and/or enforce similar legislation. This new law is certain to draw lawsuits, but we’re encouraged that states continue to challenge the status quo on this issue. As Governor Pete Ricketts said, the procedure should not exist “in a humane, civilized society.”

Reminder: First Lady Donna Edwards’ Louisiana Fosters Virtual Summit is this Friday, August 21. She’s also inviting churches and ministries to participate in the Louisiana's newest foster care program, One Church-One Family-One Child.

The focus of the summit is to promote the involvement of the faith community with children in foster families. Click here to RSVP.

 

LFF has released the 2020 legislative scorecard and will soon distribute the 2020 online Voter Guide in anticipation of the upcoming state and national elections. If you’d like to ensure that Louisiana voters have the information they need to select candidates who support life, marriage, religious liberty, and parental rights, please invest in LFF’s pre-election efforts with a one-time or recurring donation at this link.

 
 
 
 
 

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