July 13, 2021

Dear Friends,

This has been a very busy and epic year already as 460 Pastors from across Louisiana have loaned their influence to appeal Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act! Pastors, add your name here! “Epic” is about to become “historic” as we are now likely to witness a veto override session and several vetoes in the next 7-10 days!

Every day, it seems the news is inundated with stories of how religious liberty is threatened across the country, how schools and educators are pushing radical agendas in the classroom, and how the extremists are attempting to further dehumanize the unborn. Please join me in prayer that Louisiana’s legislators will have the courage and fortitude to support critical legislation in the override session – chief among them, for us at LFF, is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

Over the weekend, the story of Tracey Lambrechs broke. Lambrechs is an Olympic weightlifter from New Zealand who was forced to lose 40 pounds to remain “competitive” because “Laurel” Hubbard, a biological male, got the green light to compete as a female, pushing Tracey her out of the number one spot in her division!

“Psychologically speaking it [was] very upsetting and stressful," she said. 

Governor Edwards’ veto of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 156) was an unforced error and the worst veto of the session. But there was no shortage of other bad vetoes.

Here are the five worst vetoes committed entirely against Republican authors in the 2021 session:

  1. SB 156 – Fairness in Women’s Sports. As we all know, biological men invading women’s sports is scientifically absurd and extremely unfair to women. We must protect women by prohibiting biological men from competing in women’s sports!
  2. SB 118 – Constitutional Carry. This bill would have allowed anyone 21 years of age or older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, provided he or she is not otherwise prohibited by federal or state law to carry such a weapon. This is truly a no-brainer, as the bill would honor the United States Constitution!
  3. HB 20 – Protecting Elections from Private Funds. This is straightforward. This bill would have helped secure our elections by ensuring that private donations would not be used for election-related expenses, which would help affirm that elections are conducted in an objective, non-partisan manner!
  4. HB 38 – School Board Fiscal Transparency. Fiscal Transparency is something everyone should be able to agree on! This bill would allow the public to clearly see how public schools spend their money.
  5. HB 498 – Prohibiting Discrimination on Basis of Vaccination Status. Again, it is shameful the governor vetoed this bill. This legislation would prohibit any governing authority or state agency to distinguish between persons who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and those who have not when carrying out any of its programs, functions, or policies.

Each of the above vetoes by Governor Edwards was extremely misguided. If enacted, these bills would help secure basic rights and protect Louisiana families and their liberties.

We need your voice! Please contact your representatives and tell them to support each of these bills in the veto override session! Information on how to contact your lawmakers can be found here.

 

Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry joined a coalition of attorney generals from 20 other states in a letter expressing grave concern over LGBT guidance issued by Biden’s EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

The EEOC has reached far beyond the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which ruled an employer cannot hire or fire somebody based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity, even if it conflicts with the organization's values. Now, religious freedom experts argue, employees can face discipline for simply stating the argument for traditional marriage because the EEOC guidance is so overly broad and onerous! 

D.C. bureaucrats within the EEOC are abusing their power, and this guidance actually discriminates against Christians and people of faith who are morally opposed to the government mandates that put hypersexual, LGBT politics into every aspect of life. 

We must fight tyranny here in Louisiana and at the national level as well!

 

Last week, we celebrated the passage of three new pro-life laws here in Louisiana. LFF was honored to advocate alongside you to pass these life-saving laws.  

Apparently, our efforts have not gone unnoticed.

A radical leftist group known as “Indecline” desecrated the 65-foot Christ of the Ozarks statue just to our north over the weekend by draping a banner that read, “God bless abortions.” A spokesperson for the group detailed that their act was a form of protest against pro-life laws in many states, but he specifically named Louisiana. 

Better to be declared an enemy of the abortion industry than to bow to the enemies of God!

Friends, I know that it can seem that every day there is a new issue or obstacle to face. But truth is on our side and we are always stronger together! 

Thank you for your constant enthusiasm and prayers, especially as we approach the critical veto override session next week!

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. We are ramping up our legislative efforts as the veto override session approaches. If you’d like to support those efforts, please click here!

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