Gov. Sam Brownback has issued Executive Order 15-05, which prohibits state government from taking any discriminatory action against any “individual clergy or religious leader” or any “religious organization” that chooses not to participate in a marriage that is inconsistent with its sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
“I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.” George Washington in a letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia, May, 1789
Gov. Brownback has protected Kansas clergy and religious organizations by issuing Executive Order 1-05, and for that CWA of Kansas is extremely thankful. Read CWA’s July 7 press release: Governor Brownback’s Executive Order Fights for Religious Freedom.
Prayer: Please pray for Gov. Brownback and his family. The opposition to an order of this nature is huge because anyone who is perceived as standing, in even the most modest manner, against the LGBT community receives great opposition. This executive order is about protecting the individual clergy and religious leaders and their organizations and allowing them to hold true to their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Action: Contact the Governor and thank him for his strong stand for Religious Freedom for clergy and religious leaders and their organizations. Politely ask him to consider an additional executive order to protect business owners who refuse to participate in same-sex marriages such as photographers and bakers. As we know, these cases have been popping up all over the U.S. Kansas business owners need to be protected.