Take Action — Contact Family Policy Councils about “Religious Freedom” Bills
Last month, we sent out an e-mail explaining the growing problem of “religious freedom” bills in the states. Laws that would allow wedding businesses and hotel and restaurant owners to refuse service to LGBTQ people under the guise of religion have already been signed into law in Mississippi. Another has been proposed by ballot initiative in Oregon. Legislatures in Kansas, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona have considered or voted for these bills.
It turns out some familiar figures of the Religious Right are behind these laws. (See a Soulforce graphic explaining this relationship here.) Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council work with “Family Policy Councils” in 47 states to propose anti-LGBTQ laws to state legislators. They provide research and communications support through their propaganda arm, CitizenLink. (See a CitizenLink video about Focus on the Family’s “religious freedom” efforts.)
So now, we’d like you to take action! We have compiled a list of all the Family Policy Councils across the country, and we’d like you to contact the one in your state!
Tell them about your family, about your marriage or commitment, about your sense of faith and values. Tell them what we have all learned from our involvement with Soulforce: that faith and family cannot be limited to narrow, exclusive definitions.
We’d like you to send a postcard, a letter, an e-mail, a picture or video, describing how your family can be hurt by these so-called “religious freedom” bills.
A few guidelines:
— We encourage you to take the time to seek out individual e-mails, or address a letter or post card to individuals in the organization rather than sending it to an anonymous Web contact form.
Then we’d like you to take one more step: tell us about what you did!
– If we get a message from you, we’ll take that as permission to post your messages, pictures, or videos on our Facebook page and Web site, to share your witness with the world.
Here’s your chance to act! Tell the state forces that are trying to oppress LGBTQ people about your lives and how you will be affected by these laws!
We’ll keep you posted on the results. Here are the addresses:Alaska Family Action Jim Minnery, President David Bronson, Chairman of the Board P.O. Box 231425 Anchorage, AK. 99523 Phone: 907-317-7268 www.akfamily.org Alabama Policy Institute
Tom Bradford, Interim President and CEO 402 Office Park Drive Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35223 Phone: (205) 870.9900 email@example.com www.alabamapolicy.org Arkansas Family Council Jerry Cox, President 414 S. Pulaski St., Suite 2 Little Rock, AR 72201 (501) 375-7000 www.familycouncil.org Center for Arizona Policy Cathi Herrod, President PO Box 97250
Phoenix, AZ 85060 602.424.2525 www.azpolicy.org CA – California Family Council John R. Whiffen, M.D., President Jonathan Keller, CEO P.O. Box 20012, Riverside, CA 92516-0012 951/742-7100 www.californiafamily.org CO – Colorado Family Institute Debbie Chaves, President (Colorado Family Action) PO Box 558 Castle Rock, CO 80104 1-877-239-7355 www.cofamily.org CT – Family Institute of Connecticut Peter Wolfgang, President CEO Ken Von Kohorn, Chairman PO Box 260210, Hartford, CT 06126 (860) 548-0066 www.ctfamily.org DE – Delaware Family Policy Council Nicole Theis, President P.O. Box 925 | Seaford, DE 19973 302-296-8698 www.delawarefamilies.org FL – Florida Family Policy Council John Stemberger, President Bill Mutz, Chairman 4853 South Orange Avenue , Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 251-5130 www.FLfamily.org HI – Hawaii Family Forum Eva Andrade, Executive Director. 6301 Pali Highway Kaneohe, HI 96744 (808) 203-6704 www.hawaiifamilyforum.org IA – The FAMiLY Leader Bob Van der Plaat, President P.O. Box 42245, Urbandale, IA 50323 (515) 263-3495 www.thefamilyleader.com ID – Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho Executive Director: Julie Lynde P.O. Box 563 Eagle, ID 83616 208.954.3222 www.CFCidaho.org IL- Illinois Family Institute Laurie Higgins, Cultural Analyst P.O. Box 88848 Carol Stream, Illinois 60188 (708) 781-9328 www.illinoisfamily.org KS – Kansas Family Policy Council Robert Noland, Executive Director Dennis Blick, Chairman of the Board 2250 North Rock Road #118-250 Wichita, KS 67226 316-993-3900 www.kansasfpc.com IN – Indiana Family Institute Curt Smith, President 140 North First Street Zionsville, IN 46077 317-423-9178 www.hoosierfamily.org KY – The Family Foundation of Kentucky Kent Ostrander, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 911111 Lexington , KY 40591 859-255-5400 www.kentuckyfamily.org LA – Louisiana Family Forum Rev. Gene Mills – President 655 St. Ferdinand Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (225) 344-8533 www.lafamilyforum.org MA – Massachusetts Family Institute Andrew Beckwith, President 100 TradeCenter, Suite 625, Woburn, MA 01801 (781) 569-0400 www.mafamily.org ME – Christian Civic League of Maine Carroll Conley, Executive Director Pastor Bob Emrich, Chairman P.O. Box 5459 Augusta, Maine 04330 (207) 622-7634 email@example.com www.cclmaine.org MA- Maryland – No Statewide Group MI – Michigan Family Forum Brad Snavely, Executive Director 118 W Ottawa St P.O. Box 15216 Lansing, MI 48901 517-374-1171 www.michiganfamily.org MS – Mississippi Center for Public Policy Forest Thigpen, President 520 George Street Jackson, MS 39202 (601) 969-1300 www.mspolicy.org MN – Minnesota Family Council John Helmberger, CEO Tom Prichard, President 2855 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis MN, 55418-3265 612–789–8811 www.mfc.org MO – Missouri Family Policy Council Joe Ortwerth, Executive Director Lawrence Collett, Board Chairman 1430 Triad Center Drive, Suite B, Saint Peters, MO 63376 (636) 922-7771 www.missourifamily.org MT – Montana Family Foundation Jeff Laszloffy, President P.O. Box 485, Laurel, MT 59044 (406) 628-1141 www.montanafamily.org NC – North Carolina Family Policy Council John Rustin, President and Executive Director Henry Williamson, Chairman P.O. Box 20607 Raleigh, NC 27619 (919) 807-0800 www.ncfamily.org NV- Nevada Families for Freedom 186 Ryndon Unit 12 Elko, Nevada 89801 (775) 397-6859 www.nevadafamilies.org ND – North Dakota Family Alliance Tom D. Freier, Executive Director Mr. James Kerian, Chairman 3220 18th Street South, Suite 8 Fargo, ND 58104 (701) 364-0676 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ndfa.org NE – Nebraska Family Alliance Al Riskowski, Executive Director 1106 E Street Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 477-3191 www.nebraskafamilyalliance.org NH – Cornerstone Policy Research Bryan McCormack, Executive Director Charlie McKinney, Chairman P.O. Box 4683 Manchester, NH 03108-4683 603.228.4794 www.nhcornerstone.org NJ – New Jersey Family Policy Council Barb DeDeyn, Executive Vice President 50 Mt. Bethel Road, Suite 205 Warren, NJ 07059 1-888-453-6346 email@example.com www.njfpc.org NY – New York Family Research Foundation Rev. Jason J. McGuire, President PO Box 131, Spencerport, NY 14559-0131 (585) 225-2340 www.nyfrf.org OH – Citizens for Community Values Phil Burress, President 11177 Reading Road, 1st Floor Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (513) 733-5775 www.ccv.org
OK – Oklahoma Family Policy Council – CLOSEDOR- Oregon Family Council Also, Friends of Religious Freedom (Sponsoring “Religious Freedom” Ballot Initiative) Teresa Harke, Spokesperson Shawn M. Lindsay, Legal Counsel PO Box 13367, Portland, OR 97213 503-257-0444 www.oregonfamilycouncil.org PA – Pennsylvania Family Institute Michael Geer, President 23 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-1606 (717) 545-0600 www.pafamily.org
RI- Rhode Island – No statewide organizationSC – Palmetto Family Council of South Carolina Dr. Oran P. Smith, President & CEO Reese Boyd, Chairman PO Box 11953 Columbia, SC 29211-1953 (803) 733-5600 www.palmettofamily.org SD – Family Heritage Alliance Roger Gallimore, Chairman 1825 Clear View Ln, Suite 202 Rapid City, SD 57702 605-718-5433 www.familyheritagealliance.org TN – Family Action Council of Tennessee David Fowler, President 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 106-167 Franklin, TN 37064 (615) 591-2090 www.factn.org TX – Texas Values Jonathan M. Saenz, President 900 Congress, Ste 220 Austin, TX 78701 512-478-2220 www.txvalues.org UT – United Familes Utah Laura Bunker, Director firstname.lastname@example.org unitedfamiliesut.org
VT – Vermont – No Statewide OrganizationVA – The Family Foundation of Virginia Victoria Cobb, President Chris Meyer, Chairman 919 East Main Street, Suite 1110, Richmond, Virginia 23219 (804) 343-0010 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org WA – Family Policy Institute of Washington Joseph Backholm, Executive Director email@example.com 16108 Ash Way, Suite 111-A Lynnwood, WA 98087 425-608 0242 www.fpiw.org WI – Wisconsin Family Council Julaine Appling, President PO Box 1327 Madison WI 53701-1327 608.268.5074 www.wifamilyaction.org WV – Family Policy Council West Virginia Allen Whitt, President P.O. Box 566 Charleston, WV 25322 304-756-8567 www.familypolicywv.com Wyoming Family Coalition Maureen Emrich, Chair P.O. BOX 1478 Casper, WY 82602 307-234-2895 www.wyofamilycoalition.org