NOM and Other Social Conservative Groups Disappointed in Governor Brewer’s Veto of Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Yesterday, Governor Brewer of Arizona vetoed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," a bill similar to one stalled in the Kansas legislature. The rejection of these pieces of legislation by conservative politicians is very disappointing.
If there’s one thing we've learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable conflict between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners—anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials—these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming ‘discrimination.’
Thus it is disappointing that these bills have stalled despite significant support in both chambers of the Arizona legislature and the Kansas House of Representatives. All Americans deserve the full protection of their fundamental First Amendment Rights, particularly the free exercise of religion. It is clear that unless particular legislation such as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is passed in states across the country, it will be people of faith who have to compromise their beliefs and violate their consciences or face government sanction in the name of same-sex marriage.
NOM urges people of all faiths or none at all to stand up strongly for our First Amendment Freedoms, the foundation of what it means to be a free American.
One way for you to do that today is to support Representative Labrador’s (R-ID) bill in Congress, "The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" (H.R. 3133) NOM has established an action item where you can send your Congressman an email urging him or her to join Representative Labrador in supporting and pushing forward this crucial legislation. Click here to take action now.
You can also send the Kansas Senate President and Vice-President an email urging them to allow open debate and a vote on that State's religious freedom legislation. Click here now to send Senate President Wagle and Senate Vice-President King a message.