Family Council, along with a unique and unlikely coalition that includes our
national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group
Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), D.C.-based The Heritage Foundation, our sister
state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups who have
children or loved ones struggling with gender confusion, have released the
first-ever Gender Resource
for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children.
The Guide is endorsed by medical
professionals—including those who are experts in gender dysphoria—individuals
who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders,
national policy experts, and more.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin
Family Council, fully supports the Gender Resource Guide: “On a regular basis
we hear from parents looking for help in dealing with the transgender issue.
Prior to this Resource Guide, we had little in the way of tangible materials to
offer them that we believed were reliable and genuinely helpful. This Guide
fills a critical void. It is carefully researched and fully documented, defines
terms, is user friendly, and gives parents practical guidance in helping their own
children and for traversing this new and uncharted path with some confidence.
We urge parents to get this Guide and use it to full advantage. While this
publication is especially good for parents, clergy, community leaders, school
board members and others will likewise find it invaluable and very timely.”
powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards and school
administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender
ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker
room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn.
The Gender Resource Guide will help
parents understand the transgender trend and its consequences, understand the
implications of transgender activism in schools, communicate with school
leaders, advocate for common sense policies and act with compassion toward
everyone involved in the transgender conversation.
Wisconsin Family Council along with a coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front, The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups have released the first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children. The Guide is endorsed by medical professionals who are experts in gender dysphoria, individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.
We are very pleased to offer this important resource to parents. We have already purchased over 100 copies of the print version and made those available for a suggested donation. But this needs wider distribution and online access does just that. We urge parents and pastors especially to visit HERE to download a free copy.
October 10, 2019 – Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue. The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
“This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.”
Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue. The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country. To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.
Minnesota Family Council, in cooperation with several national groups, has released a resource specifically designed to assist parents in navigating the aggressive and now pervasive transgender issue. Understanding the Transgender Issue: Parent Resource Guide is fully researched and documented, defines terms, explains the issue thoroughly and gives parents practical ways to address the issue with their children and especially in schools. A free pdf of the publication is available HERE. Call our WFC office at 888-378-7395 to purchase a print copy.
According to the guide, “The goal [of this guide] is to protect students from harm stemming from irreversible treatments, privacy violations, and compelled speech, and to educate parents about the transgender issue, and to equip parents to advocate on their child’s behalf.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Our friends at Minnesota Family Council have done a stellar job on this publication. We believe every pastor, every youth leader and certainly every Christian parent should have this resource. This issue is not going away; it’s going to get bigger and more aggressive—and the target is children. Parents need reliable help now, and it’s available in this guide.”
P.S. As the Democratic candidates for president gear up to prove who’s most radical on LGBT issues, especially transgender ideology, take a moment to download our FREE Parent Resource Guide on the Transgender Trend with everything you need to know about understanding transgenderism, advocating for common sense policies for your child, and acting with compassion toward everyone involved in the conversation!
On Tuesday, October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for three cases to determine whether a federal law that prohibits employment sex discrimination includes the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The central issue before the Court is how to interpret the word “sex” in the statute.
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
In this case, Gerald Bostock alleges the county fired him as the child welfare services coordinator after it learned that he was gay, that he played on a gay recreational softball league, and that he recruited league members as guardians ad litem for children in the courts.
The federal district court and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case, ruling Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Altitude Express v. Zarda
In this second case, Donald Zarda—a skydiving instructor— alleges he was fired after he told a customer he was gay and had an ex-husband. Zarda claims he revealed his sexual orientation to a female customer to ease her concerns that he had inappropriately touched her in a flirtatious manner. Zarda sued his employer, arguing in part, his employer fired him out of animus toward gay men.
Zarda lost at the federal district court level, but the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that sexual orientation is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of “sex” discrimination prohibited under Title VII.
The Supreme Court consolidatedZarda and Bostock (the case above), so they will be considered together before the Court during the same oral argument. The third case, discussed below, will be considered separately by the Court.
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC
In this third case, Thomas Rost— a Christian funeral home owner and director— dismissed a longtime employee after the male employee disclosed that he now self-identified as a woman and would no longer comply with the company’s requirement that male employees wear suits. The employee filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging he was fired because of his “gender identity” in violation of Title VII.
The EEOC agreed with the employee and filed suit against Rost, but the federal district court ruled that “transgender status or gender identity” are not protected classes under Title VII. However, on appeal, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the EEOC, concluding that “sex” does include “gender identity.”
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, arguing that reading “gender identity” into the word “sex” in Title VII “poses a fundamental threat to people’s ability to speak freely—or the decision not to say something they believe to be untrue— about the issues of sex and gender.” In the brief, we provide examples of doctors, teachers, professors, and others being harassed, demoted, disciplined, or even fired for declining to use a person’s “preferred pronoun.”
If the role of the judiciary is to state what the law is, not what the law should be, then the Court should rule the word “sex” in Title VII— passed in 1964— does not include the concept of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
Unelected bureaucrats and judges have once again erroneously taken it upon themselves to rewrite the law. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will correct their error. Otherwise, transgender ideology and the sexual revolution, in general, could all of a sudden permeate federal law, posing a significant threat to those unwilling to go along with the ever-evolving government-sanctioned understanding of human sexuality.
From LiveAction: “According to a new report published by the Guttmacher Institute, abortion numbers dropped nationally by seven percent from 2014 to 2017, from 926,200 in 2014 to 862,320 in 2017. Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” which publishes more comprehensive abortion numbers than the Centers for Disease Control, says the abortion rate has also dropped 8% (from 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014 to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017), to its lowest level since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in all 50 states in 1973.
“’Since the early 1980s, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of unintended pregnancies being carried to term, This shows that pro-life efforts to change hearts and minds, assist pregnant women, and pass protective laws, are all playing a key role in the long-term decline in the U.S abortion rate,’ Dr. Michael J. New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.”
While we celebrate every baby saved from abortion, and we are certainly glad abortion numbers are going down, the tragic reality is that nearly 2400 babies a day lose their lives to abortion in our country. Wisconsin accounts for 16 of those babies each day. Abortion needs to end; not just slow down. We must continue to do everything we can to stop this life-taking atrocity.
This bill is an example of the tenacity of those pushing a liberal agenda. It’s also a reminder of what kind of legislation would become law if the liberals were in the majority in our state legislature. Assisted suicide is wrong. It’s not compassionate. When physicians are involved, it’s a breach of their ethical code. It sends a message that some lives are not worth living. It’s a slippery slope with full-fledged euthanasia at the bottom.
Video: Do No Harm: The Peril of Physician-Assisted Suicide provides valuable information on why physician-assisted suicide isn’t just bad policy, but bad for humanity. Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s (R-OH) extensive medical background and personal experience with cancer in his own family gives him unique insight into why this policy is detrimental to society by way of its devaluing of human life. Click HERE to watch.
Our Wisconsin legislature is fast-tracking a bill we believe is harmful to minor children, the individuals comprising a marriage and the institution of marriage in general. We are asking you to consider our arguments against the bill and if you agree with us, then please call your state senator and state representative and urge them to oppose this legislation.
Wisconsin currently has a six-month (6-month) waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a person can remarry. Assembly Bill 439 and its senate companion, Senate Bill 398, would completely remove this waiting period for any divorced individual in our state, regardless of whether or not minor children are involved.
Current Situation The bill is authored by two Republicans: Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills) and Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee). They are joined by eight Republican representatives as co-sponsors (Scott Krug, Amy Loudenbeck, Bob Kulp, Joel Kitchens, Jesse James, Ken Skowronski, Travis Tranel and Mary Felzkowski), two Democrat representatives (Lisa Subeck and Christine Sinicki), as well as one additional Republican senator (Dale Kooyenga) and one additional Democrat senator (Janis Ringhand).
When the bill was circulated for co-sponsors last month, WFA president Julaine Appling sent every legislator a memo explaining why we oppose this bill and urging them to not co-sponsor it. We believe that memo helped keep the co-sponsor list from being larger.
The bill was introduced on September 12 and public hearings in both the Assembly and the Senate are scheduled for today, Tuesday (9/24) and Wednesday (9/25). The Assembly Family Law Committee is chaired by Rep. Jesse Rodriguez who last session was supportive of this bill when it had a hearing and vote in her committee. (The Assembly passed this bill last session on a voice vote. The bill, however, died in the Senate committee and never became law.)
That both public hearings are happening so soon after introduction makes us believe both houses want to put this bill on the floor for a full vote in October when both the Senate and the Assembly are scheduled for floor sessions. Apparently, there’s a “full-court press” to quickly pass this bill.
In the Senate, last session the bill was assigned to a committee chaired by a senator who was not in favor of this bill. This session, however, it is assigned to the Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Dale Kooyenga, who is a co-sponsor of the bill. Julaine has talked with his staffer who clerks this committee and was told he was quite committed to it.
Why This Proposal Is Bad for Children, Wounded Individuals Experiencing Divorce, and the State of Wisconsin
The full memo (containing numerous citations) we sent to the legislators is available HERE. We’re summarizing below some talking points you can use when you call your legislators.
Minor children should be a top concern in a divorce and remarriage situation. Research regularly and repeatedly shows minor children are very vulnerable emotionally, socially, physically, and academically when their parents are divorcing. Research also shows (and certainly common sense would confirm) that vulnerability increases when they become part of a blended family with all the changes and adjustments that brings. The well-being of a child should not be sacrificed on the altar of adult desires because a parent wants to immediately remarry after a divorce is finalized.
Divorce is very stressful in multiple ways on the adults involved. A waiting period ensures men and women take some time to recover before entering a new marriage.
Remarriages are statistically more likely to end in divorce than are first marriages. The state should do everything it can to ensure newly divorced individuals are deliberate and are fully prepared for marrying again, including time for pre-marital counseling, which when done right can take from 3-6 months.
The state has a vested interest in marriage and divorce, especially when children are involved because the state is depending on future generations being well-adjusted, healthy, competent citizens who will become the next workforce, taxpayers, entrepreneurs, leaders, etc. Safeguarding children by requiring their parents to wait before a remarriage after a divorce helps to ensure the well-being of children is considered.
Every divorce costs the taxpayers of Wisconsin. Vulnerable remarriages mean the state and its taxpayers will very likely be shouldering additional costs from divorces.
What You Can Do
If you agree with us that this bill should not become law, then please contact your state senator and state representative right away, given how quickly these companion bills are moving in both houses. You can find full contact information for your representative and senator HERE (just put your address in the search bar to the far right above the map). A phone call is especially good, but an email can do the job as well.
Summary Wisconsin has the worst combination of divorce laws in the country with our “no-fault,” “no-contest” provisions. Basically, anyone can walk away from a marriage for any or no reason. Rather than strengthening the institution of marriage, this proposed legislation to do away completely with a waiting period following a divorce before remarrying, sets the individuals up for yet another marriage failure, which hurts individuals and further erodes the institution of marriage. When minor children are involved, their well being should be the top priority.
We realize this is a very emotional issue. We’ve had people contact us who say they are Christians telling us that by opposing this legislation we are “forcing them to live in sin.” Obviously, they have allowed their emotions to completely overtake them. Those supporting the bill say the government should have no say in when a person marries after a divorce, and they always have a personal, emotional story to relate. We realize good people can disagree—and that’s why we ask you to consider the issue and our arguments and if you find yourself agreeing that the bill would not be good for children, the adults involved or the entire state, please call your state representative and state senator as soon as possible and ask them to oppose the bill.
If you would drop Julaine a quick email letting her know you made a call, we’d really appreciate that. Many thanks for carefully considering this bill and for your involvement should you find yourself agreeing.
Yes, Christmas Tree; Yes, Christmas Wreath But "NO" to Christian Nativity
On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Shorewood Human Relations Commission members unanimously voted to forward to the Village Board and Business Improvement District board their recommendation that states, “… any religious symbol of the holidays would not be permitted in public buildings and spaces, and would be subject to removal”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “Shorewood officials need to be careful to not discriminate against religion. The Supreme Court has ruled that holiday displays on public properties can include religious components as long as the religious elements of the display are part of a larger holiday expression—with Christmas trees, Santa Claus, or the like—making the overall effect of the display secular.”
If you live in the Shorewood area, make sure to weigh in with your Village Board trustee. ClickHEREfor the list of Shorewood Board Trustees and contact information.
Did you know that last year then-Governor Scott Walker officially declared September 9-15th as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? Similar official proclamations have been made in Wisconsin going back at least as far as 1994. If you have school-aged children in your life, ask them if they have heard about “Christian Heritage Week” at school. Sadly, the most likely answer will be “no.”
Especially noteworthy, is that September 17th is “Constitution Day.” This year marks the 232nd anniversary of the signing of this remarkable document. Find more information on this special day and ideas for sharing its importance with the next generation HERE.
Read the rest of our downloadable “Church Connection” publication HERE. Encourage your church leadership to make these available each month as a bulletin insert or in the church foyer!
The Bible is now a must-have school supply for students like Ethan, who considers it essential for surviving the school day. “When you have the Bible right out in front of you … when it’s sitting out on the corner of your desk, or in your backpack,” said Ethan, a 16-year-old student in Colorado, “it’s a constant reminder of what God has in store for you and to do what God wants you to do, rather than doing things off of your own selfish ambitions.”
Thursday, October 4, 2019 is the annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” Encourage your child/children to carry their Bible to school not only on October 4, but every day. Make it a part of their routine to make time for God’s Word between classes, at lunch time or while riding the bus.
Learn more about “Bring Your Bible to School Day” HERE. Click HERE to access your free back-to-school resources.
Like a number of rural Wisconsin communities, Mattoon recently lost its only school due to consolidation. The building remains empty, but a local Christian group wants to acquire the building to start a Christian school and become part of the statewide voucher program. However, the Antigo School District owns the building and is blocking their efforts, refusing to let the building be used for any competing educational purpose. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is representing Mattoon and another community in a lawsuit against the school district.
The voucher program is designed to give parents an important educational option, especially lower-income families. The Mattoon area has a lot of families that would qualify for the voucher program and would support this private school. What the Antigo school district is doing is wrong in depriving this community of a school and depriving parents of a local and viable educational option.
From Gateways to Better Education (GTBE) for Christians teaching in public schools: “The majority of your students come from homes with religious backgrounds. Yet, too often this is not acknowledged or affirmed in a public school environment.
“The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that, 80 percent of high school seniors indicate that religion plays a role in their lives.” Read more HERE.
Gateways has assembled everything you need to help guard your children’s hearts and minds. In the comfort of your home and at your convenience learn how to guide your children through the public schools so they keep their faith and values intact.
CLICK HERE to obtain your “Public School Parenting Kit.”
The Planned Parenthood abortion business said this week it will not comply with President Donald Trump’s new pro-life rules that require any recipient of federal taxpayer dollars for family planning to separate out any abortion business it does.
Because the nation’s largest abortion company is so wedded to its abortion business and refuses to separate it from its family planning operations, Planned Parenthood will lose as much as $60 million dollars in taxpayer funds.
“Frankly, I’m glad Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with the new rule,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “Such a position makes it very clear what Planned Parenthood is really about—and it’s not women’s healthcare. Every taxpayer dollar the abortion giant does not get means a better opportunity for the life of an unborn baby to be saved and his/her mother spared years of emotional and maybe even physical distress.”
Wisconsin Family Action is 100% pro life; from conception to natural death. Click HERE to partner with us for LIFE in The Badger State.!
Fresh off the press! Wisconsin Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is a unique, Wisconsin-specific document that looks at cultural and policy trends that impact the well-being of the state. This publication clearly shows how important intact, married mom-and-dad families are to Wisconsin’s well-being, both now and in the future. It is designed to assist leaders and decision-makers as they deal with policy, programs and cultural situations.
WFC has distributed print copies to all state legislators, members of the executive branch, secretaries of several state agencies, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, over 300 pastors/ministry leaders in WI, all school district superintendents, all public libraries and to the mayors in Wisconsin’s major cities.
Topics include family structure and economics, childbearing and poverty, K-12 per pupil costs, voucher enrollments, marriage and divorce rates, abortion statistics and much, much more!
Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is now available online HERE or by contacting our office at 608-268-5074.
“We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it
at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.” Millennial Alyssa Ahlgren with Foundation for Economic Education says her generation is buying the lies about socialism because they have never experienced anything other than prosperity and therefore have nothing to compare it to. She strenuously objects to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comment that her entire generation, “which is…becoming one of the largest electorates…, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Ahlgren vigorously disagrees. She says, her generation has an entitlement problem and an ungratefulness problem.
Families can help by building into their children true gratitude and a real sense of what poverty is. Talk about God’s goodness and the opportunity we have to be good stewards of the blessing of living in this country. Teach and show children the relationship between work and earning money; trips to foreign countries where true poverty exists can be life-changing. Read the rest of the article by Ahlgren HERE.
10,000 Signed Petitions Delivered to Governor Evers
“Take Down the ‘Pride’ Flag; Unite, Don’t Divide Our State”
MADISON, WI –This morning Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, and a group of concerned citizens in delivering 10,000 signed petitions to Governor Tony Evers’ office in the East Wing of the State Capitol. The petition addresses the Governor’s decision earlier this month to fly the LGBT “Rainbow Pride Flag” over the State Capitol and authorizing other state and public buildings to do the same, if they choose to.
“When the Governor issued his Executive Order regarding this flag on Friday, June 7, we immediately responded by encouraging people to call the Governor’s office and share their opinion on this decision. On Tuesday, June 11, Wisconsin Family Council launched this petition drive to make it easier for people to express their opinion. In just two weeks we have had 10,000 Wisconsin citizens sign the petition calling on the Governor to remove the ‘Rainbow Pride Flag’ from the state capitol. That’s an incredible response,” Appling commented.
“Obviously many citizens are very concerned about this inappropriate and divisive decision and are reminding the Governor that the State Capitol or any state or public building are places representing all Wisconsin citizens, not just a select special-interest group, and that any flag that flies over these buildings should reflect that truth.”
The petition drive was conducted online, with a print version also available that people could download and circulate for multiple signatures.
Appling further remarked, “Governor Evers said during his campaign and has repeated since he took office, that he wants to unite Wisconsin. Flying this special-interest-group flag over the seat of government belonging to all Wisconsin citizens is anything but unifying. Our state affords Governor Evers many opportunities to find common ground and work together for the benefit of all our citizens.”
Wisconsin Family Council is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.
At a Madison elementary school recently, a teacher announced via a video that he is transgender.
In the nearly eight-minute video he reads a book entitled, They Call Me Mix, a story about a person who claims to be both male and female and everything in between. Formerly known as Mr. B, the teacher says he now wants to be called Mx Steel and referred to by the pronouns they, them and their.
Wisconsin Family Council has verified that the video was shown to first graders without any parental notification. Watch the video (obtained from the teacher’s public Facebook page) HERE.
View the teacher’s Facebook page and statements HERE. (Update: This Facebook page has now been made private by Mr. Steel.)
We realize Madison schools are more liberal than many schools in our state, but we also know this issue is advancing everywhere at an unbelievable pace. No parent should assume it’s not in their school just because they haven’t heard anything about it. The way Madison parents found out about this indoctrination and usurpation of parental rights was when their kids came home talking about it.
Parents, we cannot emphasize this enough… Get to know your child’s teacher(s). Know the curriculum that is being taught to your student(s). Stay involved. Don’t sit on the sidelines and allow others to indoctrinate your children.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the so-called “Equality Act.” It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
This means that almost no area of American public life—including education, employment, public accommodations, housing, medical care, non-profits, and federal funding for example—will be left untouched.
The Equality Act:
Attacks the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion.
◦ It could force faith-based charities, non-profits, and schools to operate contrary to their religious beliefs concerning human sexuality, or risk punishment or loss of federal funding.
◦ Creative professionals— especially in the wedding industry— could be compelled to communicate messages about marriage that violate their conscience or be forced out of the wedding industry altogether.
◦ It would force faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to shut down or change their policy of only placing children with a married husband and wife.
Threatens privacy, safety, and opportunities for women and girls.
◦ Biological men claiming to identify as women will have access to women-only intimate spaces like locker rooms, bathrooms, showers, and women’s shelters—giving easy access to sexual predators.
◦ Title IX, which is supposed to make sure women have the same opportunities as men, including in sports, would be gutted as men identifying as women could claim these opportunities. It is already happening around the country where boys identifying as women are displacing women in sex-specific sports in high school and college.
Undermines parental rights.
◦ Parents could lose custody of their gender-dysphoric child if they do not support their child’s desire to take puberty blocker and cross-sex hormones.
◦ Public education would be legally required to teach and operate in line with transgender ideology, regardless of parental opposition.
Would embed transgender ideology into federal law.
◦ As Ryan T. Anderson points out, the Equality Act “could impose a nationwide transgender bathroom policy, a nationwide pronoun policy, and a nationwide sex-reassignment health care mandate.”
◦ It could force hospital facilities, medical professionals, and insurance plans to provide gender-transitioning services, or be found guilty of unlawful discrimination.
Friday, on a 236-173 vote, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the
so-called Equality Act, a bill that adds gender identity and sexual orientation
to all federal anti-discrimination laws. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats
in voting in support of the bill. Sixteen Republicans didn’t vote, along with
seven Democrats. All three of Wisconsin’s Democratic representatives
supported the measure with four of the state’s five Republican representatives
voting against the it. Republican Representative Sean Duffy didn’t vote.
bill, at a minimum, does an end-run around religious freedom, allows men to
play on women’s sports teams, forces curriculum changes in public schools to
include instruction at all grade levels that affirms same-sex relationships and
gender transitions. The bill now moves to the Senate where Wisconsin Democrat
and openly homosexual US Senator Tammy Baldwin is a lead sponsor.
The so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) is moving very quickly through Congress. Despite the bill’s name, the Equality Act would dramatically elevate the rights and privileges of a select few while dealing a devastating blow to parental rights.
H.R. 5 is far-sweeping; it would amend several federal civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes equal to immutable and inborn characteristics like race, age, sex and national origin.
The results of this radical legislation will be widespread and disastrous. We need only look to the states or our neighbor to the north with similar laws to predict what we’re in for should the Equality Act become law.
In 16 states now, parents do not have a choice when they seek counseling for their children struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. In other words, counseling that encourages children to change their gender – even to go through irreversible “genital reconstruction” operations – would be protected by the state. But counseling to help children accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed. These therapy bans interfere with parents’ right to direct their children’s upbringing and completely disregard family faith or values. What’s worse—the bans were passed with no regard for what type of therapy may actually be best for children long-term.
In Ohio — a state without legislation of this sort — a judge already removed custody from parents of a 17-year-old for their refusal to allow her to undergo life-altering gender transition hormone treatments. This decision came after a two-year custody battle which started with family services alleging parental neglect and abuse for their religiously held beliefs about gender. When the child was placed in temporary custody of family services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommended the 17-year-old undergo hormone therapy at its Transgender Health Clinic, which she did.
This hospital tells first-time patients that their healthcare providers may speak to minors without their parents because “Sometimes young people also have questions that they are afraid to ask in front of their family or guardians.” The clinic also conducts a psychosocial interview to “help understand how the patient and family or guardians are functioning and see if there are any needs.”
It’s not far-fetched to surmise that what they really mean is “see if parents support the gender transition of their young son or daughter, and if not, we’ll take you to court.”
That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian dad earlier this year. In February, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ruled that a 14-year-old girl would be administered testosterone injections by her doctor against her father’s wishes and consent. Despite a parent’s insistence that his minor daughter should wait until she was older — not a child anymore — to make this life-altering decision, the court said the child had the right to decide for herself. The judge, who ruled on the basis of federal law, blatantly dismissed parental objection to the medical treatment of his minor child.
As if the case couldn’t get any worse, it did. Just last month, the judge declared the father guilty of “family violence” due to his “expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity.” In other words, a dad refused to refer to his daughter as a boy. As a result, he was convicted of a crime against his daughter, given a gag order and ordered not to expose his daughter to any resources which may bring her gender identity or treatment into question.
These cases seem to say everyone other than parents knows best! We believe differently.
We know that parents have a God-given and Constitutionally protected right to direct the upbringing of their children—including their moral values, faith, education and healthcare. We cannot allow misguided legislation to threaten that right!
We believe families should have the right to pursue mental health counseling consistent with their beliefs and religion — be it for depression, anxiety, gender confusion or any other condition.
We believe parents must have the right to prevent their children from accessing experimental puberty-blocking hormones, cross-sex hormones (which can lead to sterilization), and certainly irreversible, life-altering “genital reconstruction” surgery.