On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decided to redefine the God-ordained institution of marriage to include homosexual unions. The question Wisconsin Family Action has heard most since that time has been – WHAT NOW?
If five judges on the Supreme Court have pronounced, in a breathtaking presumption of power, that all 50 states must redefine marriage, what does that mean for the countless institutions within our civil society—churches and synagogues, charities and adoption agencies, counseling services and religiously affiliated schools—that are made up of American citizens who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman?
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a federal law passed in 1993 which is intended to prevent other federal laws from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion.
So, why do we need Religious Freedom Restoration Acts on the state level? Another good question!
>>>>>Click HERE for a thorough Q&A on RFRA.
Legislators have begun to take action with the introduction of the First Amendment Defense Act (S.1598, H.R.2802) which “clarifies and strengthens religious liberty protections in federal law, by safeguarding those individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation.” Read more HERE. Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman (R) has signed on as a co-sponsor along with 67 other legislators.
“We’re encouraged to see this bill introduced in Congress. And I’m pleased that Congressman Glenn Grothman signed on as a co-sponsor,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, “I called all the WI GOP delegation and urged them to add their names. It’s a safe bill. Do Reid Ribble, Sean Duffy, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner not care about protecting the religious freedom and conscience rights of citizens?”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call your legislator and ask him/her to co-sponsor the First Amendment Defense Act. If they have already signed on, call and thank them! Find your legislator HERE.