CWA of Colorado Welcomes New Legislative Liaison

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Colorado would like to welcome our new Legislative Liaison, Linda English. Linda joined the CWA of Colorado leadership team as a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader and looks forward to engaging on the legislative front on bills aligned with CWA’s core issues.

 

Linda is active in the pro-life movement and has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the “woke” policies of her local school board. Linda’s business background and strong analytical mind will serve CWA of Colorado well at the State Capitol.

 

Linda lives in Larkspur, Colorado. She is married to her husband, Randy, and they have four children and grandchildren.

 

A note from Linda: “To do nothing when you see injustice and unrighteousness is not an option. Jesus gave us the authority in His name to pray and proclaim His Word over our state and nation. I look forward to joining State Director Karen Pennington in Denver as we seek to influence legislation that matters to God through prayer, education, and action.”

Linda English (L) and Karen Pennington (R)

Merry Christmas from CWA of South Dakota!

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“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given …” Isaiah 9:6

 

Merry Christmas!

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel—which means, ‘God with us.'” Matthew 1: 23 

 

“God with us.” How awesome that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, emptied Himself of His heavenly glory to humbly be born as a baby in a barn. He is not a distant God, but is “God with us,” allowing us to have a personal relationship with Him. His greatest gift is the salvation He secured for us as He “became obedient to death—even the death on a cross.” And as He conquered death, we too may enjoy the gift of eternal life with Jesus.

 

“Therefore. God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 8-11

 

Amongst the busyness of shopping, baking, presents, decorating, entertaining, and Christmas programs, may you focus on Jesus—”God with us.”

 

My prayer is that you will enjoy a blessed Christmas and an abundant New Year!

 

Linda Schauer
State Director

Gov. Noem Takes Action on Harms Done to Children

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Last week, this email was sent  asking South Dakotans to contact the President and CEO of Sanford Health and to urge him to cancel the Midwest Gender Identity Summit scheduled for January 13, 2023, at the Sanford Research Center. Sanford Health and The Transformation Project were billed as participants in this event.

 

The Summit was brought to the attention of Gov. Kristi Noem, who took immediate action by canceling the state’s contract with “The Transformation Project,” a non-profit whose mission is “supporting and empowering transgender youth.” Gov. Noem stated, “We should not be dividing our youth with radical ideologies. We should treat every single individual equally as a human being.”

 

We are grateful that Gov. Noem terminated the state’s contract. According to Ian Fury, Gov. Noem’s Chief of Communications, the contract was signed without the Governor’s knowledge or approval, and she is now reviewing all Department of Health contracts.

 

You may read the media articles in the Daily Signal and the Dakota News Now

 

ACTION:  Contact Gov. Noem at 605-773-3212 or her online contact form and thank her for terminating the state’s contract with “The Transformation Project.” Thank her for this first important step in protecting South Dakota children from the unethical medical intervention that destroys the health and well-being of children.

 

I want to thank all those who engaged in this issue. Your prayers and activism made a difference!

 

Linda Schauer
State Director

Leaders Ask for Investigation of Healthcare Funds

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Child Safety Advocates Call on South Dakota Gov. Noem
to Investigate State-Funded Health Activities that Promote Gender Transition

 

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2022

 

Contact: CWA Communications Team
[email protected] | (703) 282-7320

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, a coalition of national policy leaders and child safety advocates sent a letter to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem calling on her to investigate state taxpayer-funded health and education grants, contracts, and activities that promote gender identity and transition. Gov. Noem recently canceled the state’s contract with “The Transformation Project” after learning of the upcoming January 13 “3rd Annual Midwest Gender Identity Summit” in Sioux Falls. One of the largest healthcare providers in the country, Sanford Health, is sponsoring this summit.

 

Signed by national leaders, including Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the country’s largest public policy women’s organization, the letter expresses grave concern over the agenda of the summit promoting transgender ideology and harming children and the practices of health organizations like Sanford Health who are harming children with medical procedures that mutilate their bodies.

 

“The citizens of South Dakota deserve to have their children protected from this summit’s destructive ideology,” reads the letter. “When a once-trusted health system like Sanford Health aids and abets this deceptive and anti-child ideology, it has failed in its mission.

 

“Children struggling with gender confusion should be protected from unethical medical interventions that ignore underlying causes and reject long-term health and well-being. Puberty blocking drugs that carry severe FDA warnings, cross-sex hormones that sterilize, and damaging surgeries that result in serious comorbidities and regret should not be peddled by Sanford Health.”

 

The letter commends Gov. Noem for directing her Department of Health to end its contract with the “The Transformation Project” but asks her to investigate further into healthcare companies’ practices in providing “transition” services.

 

“We call on you to take action as Governor of South Dakota and set an example to others to stop this pernicious trend deceiving our youth today,” the letter reads. “Telling kids they may be born in the wrong body is a self-destructive prophecy that is inflicting countless wounds on youth today. The corporate interests tied up in this increasingly lucrative industry are preying on America’s youth. Sanford Health will be among these predators if this event goes forward.”

 

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Merry Christmas from CWA of Virginia!

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Concerned Women for America of Virginia
Wishes you a Merry Christmas!

 

As Christmas Day approaches, we reflect on what the Lord has done in and through us this year. We stand amazed at the reality of Jesus’ presence with us as we visited legislators, participated in multiple pro-life events, encouraged legislators with daily prayer and weekly hand-written notes, grew our prayer/action footprint throughout the state, and so much more. Our Lord has been with us in our times of rejoicing and success and in our times of discouragement and defeat.

 

We are grateful to God for your involvement in the ministry of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia. Whether you are a participating member or in a leadership role, your engagement in your community and in the Commonwealth has made a significant difference for good.

 

We are looking ahead to 2023 and all that lies ahead with great anticipation. We believe that with concerted prayer, seeking the Lord’s wisdom in all that we do, extending both truth and grace in all that we do, that new doors of opportunity will be opened, the Lord will be glorified, and His perfect will, will be done.

 

We are so thankful for each of you and your partnership with CWA of Virginia. We have seen Jesus’ presence in the rich relationships that He has blessed us with over this past year. Your prayers and financial support allow us to stand at the ready, come what may.

 

CWA of Virginia’s team is ready to engage in a post-Roe America! We are poised, positioned, and prepared to execute CWA’s post-Roe America ground game. Thru intentional prayer, education, and action, we will bring back a culture of life in our state!

 

Thank you for standing with us in 2023!

 

Teresa Pregnall
State Director

Loudoun County Hellscape Part II: Reckless Disregard for Women’s Safety

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The abduction and sexual assault of a female student at Broad Run High School were preventable. This much the grand jury report states unequivocally—and appropriately so. The school administrators’ reckless disregard for women’s safety was systemic and has been going on for years at Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).

When the perpetrator raped a young woman at Stone Bridge High School, the first time that we know of, the school had already been alerted to his dangerous sexual tendencies. When a teacher alerted her superiors, the administrators questioned her motivations. You see, the boy who ended up assaulting two female students wore a skirt. LCPS strives to be very sensitive, welcoming, and accepting of transgender students. That’s the priority.

When the rape of the young woman in the female bathroom was first reported, one of the first emails explaining the situation was from LCPS’ chief operating officer, who stated unequivocally that the incident “related to policy 8040.” The grand jury report notes, “Policy 8040 addresses the rights of transgender and gender-expansive students.” In other words, the focus of LCPS from the beginning was not on the victims and the safety of other female students potentially at risk but on the perpetrator’s rights…

 

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Join us! Pre-session prayer walk in Harrisburg

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Join Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania as we walk the halls of the State Capitol and pray for the upcoming legislative session that begins January 3, 2023.

 

Now more than ever, our state legislators need our prayers. We, as believers, are commanded to pray for those in authority. I truly believe that prayer moves the hand of God and He wants to hear the cries of His people. What a great opportunity to pray for those whose decisions impact our daily lives.

 

I hope you can join me on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Please RSVP by Monday, January 2, at [email protected] so I know to expect you.

 

Much happens when we pray,

 

Dilonna M. Coran

State Director

 

 

Nance: NCAA’s New President Must Rescue Women’s Sports

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For Immediate Release
December 15, 2022

Contact: CWA Communications Team
[email protected]
(703) 282-7320

 

NCAA’s New President Must Rescue Women’s Sports

Appointment of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gives female athletes hope

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) applauded the appointment of outgoing Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, to head the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a hopeful sign that new policies for protecting female athletes may be possible.

 

“Charlie Baker’s appointment could be a desperately needed reset in the NCAA for female athletes, and we hope he stands up to lead,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “As the spouse of a former college athlete and someone devoted to children’s wellbeing, we expect Gov. Baker to understand that female athletes should never be subject to harassment, intimidation, and discrimination as they are experiencing in today’s NCAA.  

 

“Outgoing NCAA President Mark Emmert has overseen a decade of degradation of college women’s sports, treating females as second class athletes and an outright denial of our status as women by allowing males like Lia Thomas to compete in women’s sports. Forcing female athletes to stand down so men can steal their scholarships and their trophies, invade their locker rooms and their events has been the ultimate act of discrimination against women. 

 

“We call on Baylor President Linda Livingstone, chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, and Gov. Baker to end the exclusion of female athletes in their own sports and cease denying their rights to equity and fairness in sport. Title IX was meant to level the playing field, but allowing men to compete in female sports strikes a blow to that equity.” 

 

Concerned Women for America has been at the forefront of challenging universities violating female athletes’ Title IX protections against sex discrimination. CWA has filed three civil rights complaints on behalf of college women athletes and will not stop fighting for their rights.     

 

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Conservatives Defend Ground on Defense Bill

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Every year, Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that governs policies and funding for federal defense agencies. The bill recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is on track for enactment before the end of the year. In a perfect world, the defense bill only focuses on military readiness and fortifying national security. Unfortunately, legislators try to use such an important bill as a vehicle for their non-defense-related pet priorities.

 

At Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), our main job is to be the sticky fly trap for those pet—or perhaps “pest”—priorities. Fortunately, as of this week, our sticky paper has caught the major vermin. We gave decision-makers clear, achievable goals – stop women in the draft, no bankrolling Big Marijuana, and keep out woke data collection mandates. Your activism and our direct communications with staff and legislators made it possible to kick out these bad provisions from the NDAA.

 

Stop Women in the Draft

  • This year, we once more combatted the existential threat of women in the draft. For several years now, certain legislators—Democrat and Republican—have tried to expand the Selective Service to include women. Thankfully, families and advocates batted off this latest attempt to draft our daughters. Leaders like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and his colleagues staked their ground early on by demanding a vote to amend the bill if it included women in the draft. NDAA bill negotiators Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) listened to these legislators and constituents and ensured no Selective Service expansion.
  • We are grateful for the women who volunteer to serve, which includes daughters and mothers at CWA. We also pray towards a world in which we never need the draft. But it is contrary to reason and morals to force women—who would be 18-25—into the draft. Doing so takes away the only reason for a country to fight in the first place: to defend the family at home. If everyone is on the frontlines, the only thing being protected is government for its own sake, and this is antithetical to the proper role of government. The government exists to protect us and not the other way around.

 

Bankrolling Big Marijuana

  • Besides stopping women in the draft, activists successfully intercepted a drug deal to include the unrelated, unsafe “SAFE Banking Act” into the annual defense bill. Law enforcement input was the nail in the coffin. First, the National Sheriffs’ Association gave legislators a grave warning of the harm that the Unsafe Act would bring. The Sheriffs’ Association shared that amid the rising crime wave, its members are seeing a form of THC-induced psychosis when booking criminal defendants. Second, the Department of Justice provided an assessment that law enforcement is in no way prepared to handle the influx of money laundering likely to come from the Unsafe Act’s enactment.
  • The only thing the Unsafe Act achieves is legitimizing the marijuana industry, enabling criminal behavior. It gives marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system, and it grants access with no regulation or guidance for the financial and law enforcement industries. Enactment only exposes the economy to money laundering, and there will be little to show for the benefits proponents proclaim.

 

Woke Data Collection Mandate

  • Finally, negotiators said “no thanks” to woke data collection efforts, which have been kicked out of the bill. These efforts seek to inoculate “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” into as many areas of federal law as possible. This time, it was mandates on data collection of veterans and small business loans from the federal government. However, there is no limit to the ways in which the Left will try to include radical gender ideology in federal law.
  • It is worth noting that these provisions are but a snapshot of the unrelated riders that legislators often try to attach to the annual defense bill. Most bills “die” before they ever reach the level of consideration by a congressional committee. Some of these bills are great ideas and worthy of merit. But that is no excuse to cut corners—or as we say in the legislative world—circumvent “regular order.” This practice of cutting corners makes the NDAA more controversial than it needs to be. National security is critical, and no pet project, much less one fueled by leftist ideology, should dilute that goal.

 

Making our opposition loud and clear from the beginning helped focus this bill on national security. It is only with raising our voices and hard work that we have a shot at keeping out advances by the Left.

Loudoun County Hellscape Part I.5: Indictments Issued

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Part II of our series discussing Loudoun County Public Schools’ reckless disregard for women’s safety will be published later this week (for more background, please read Part I of this series). But I felt an update was needed before that. This week, the court unsealed four indictments against two Loudoun County Public School employees. I want to express again my appreciation for the efforts of Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and the special grand jury. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all.

 

Fired superintendent Scott Ziegler, who lied to the public, denying the rape that occurred in a school restroom under his watch, got “one count of misdemeanor false publication (Va. Code § 18.2-209), one count of misdemeanor prohibited conduct (Va. Code § 2.2-3103), and one count of misdemeanor penalizing an employee for a court appearance (Va. Code § 18.2-465.1).” Still current Public Information Officer (which is unbelievable, although he has been “put on leave”) Wayde Byard has been charged with “one count of felony perjury (Va. Code § 18.2-434).”

 

What does it all mean? For Ziegler, the false publication charge and the penalizing an employee for a court appearance charge are merely class 3 misdemeanors, which only carry “a fine not more than $500.” Given the outrageous package deal he got when he was dismissed “without cause” (yes, still fuming about that!), these charges alone would serve as a great insult to the victims and the community. Not to mention a great incentive for the next public official to take the chance of lying to the public when in hot waters…

 

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Loudoun County Hellscape Part I: Victims Be Damned

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The weight of writing about this story has been almost unbearable. Every keystroke requires an unusual sort of effort accompanied by a prayer that God may grant the grace of a positive impact. “Positive” is not a word you would associate with the events of the past few years at Loudoun County Public Schools. And although we should be incredibly grateful to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares for appointing a grand jury to investigate these events and to the citizens who served on the grand jury, reading the report is painstakingly frustrating.

 

The report finds leadership failures at the highest levels of school administrations that are appalling, immoral, and should be criminal. Yet, no indictments have been issued. We will, therefore, examine these failures in a series of posts meant to stress the gravity of these events and amplify the victim’s continued cry for justice. Part I: Victims Be Damned.

 

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the grand jury report is its lack of focus on the victims. But before I get into that, a quick summary of the events is in order…

 

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Remain Encouraged

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Greetings from Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Colorado. CWA volunteers from around the country spent a week in Georgia going door-to-door, encouraging Georgians to vote in the December 6 senate run-off race. Colorado was represented as I canvassed with CWA. The election results were not as we desired – sending a pro-abortion, anti-family Senator back to Washington, D.C. However, we must be aware of God’s timing and ways, even when we do not understand.

 

We remain encouraged that God is still on His throne, and He sees all. Psalms 87:5 reads: “Truth will spring up from the earth, and justice will rain down from heaven.” (TLV)

 

As 2022 closes, remember that CWA of Colorado is committed to following God’s call, and through prayer and action, we will find hope in God for the road ahead!

 

God Bless you in 2023!

 

Karen Pennington
State Director
CWA of Colorado

Speak Up to Protect Children from Harm

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“It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2

 

Sanford Health, the “largest rural health care system in the United States,” along with The Transformation Project, will be participating in the 3rd Annual Midwest Gender Identity Summit on January 13, 2023. The event will be held at the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

The Transformation Project is a non-profit whose mission is “supporting and empowering transgender youth.” They promote the lie that “men and women can change their gender.” They conduct events “where participants, including children, ritually ‘burn’ their ‘old name or pronouns.’”

 

According to the Transformation Project website, several of the Summit’s session topics include:

  • Supporting Your Two-Spirit & Native LGBTQ+ Patients and Coworkers
  • Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ & 2S Patients
  • General Affirming Care and The Attitude of Affirmation in Assessment

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota find these activities very disturbing, especially among a healthcare institution that takes an oath to “do no harm.” It is ironic that health care providers blatantly deny the science that tells us one cannot change their God-given sex. Children struggling with gender confusion should be protected from unethical medical interventions that ignore underlying causes and reject long-term health and well-being.

 

No long term, scientific research exists to support the safety or efficacy of sex reassignment treatments on children – in fact, there is evidence to the contrary. A 30-year study in Sweden showed a significant increase in heart disease and in the number of suicides, suicide attempts, and psychiatric hospitalizations in people a decade after they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery compared to a control group of people of the same age and sex.

 

To encourage attendance, “medical professionals” attending the event will be awarded professional education credits.

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Contact Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health, at [email protected] or by calling the Sanford Medical Center at 605-333-1000, and strongly urge him to cancel the January 13 Midwest Gender Identity Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we pray for those struggling with gender dysphoria that they will believe the truth about Your design for them found in Scriptures and reject the lies of Satan.  Let them see truth in Your Word that says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” We ask for protection of the hearts and minds of all our children, and we pray for Christians to courageously and lovingly speak God’s truth about Your design for sexuality in a confused and needy world.   

 

Linda Schauer
State Director

Speak Up to Protect Children from Harm

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“It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2

 

Sanford Health, the “largest rural health care system in the United States,” along with The Transformation Project, will be participating in the 3rd Annual Midwest Gender Identity Summit on January 13, 2023. The event will be held at the Sanford Research Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

The Transformation Project is a non-profit whose mission is “supporting and empowering transgender youth.” They promote the lie that “men and women can change their gender.” They conduct events “where participants, including children, ritually ‘burn’ their ‘old name or pronouns.’”

 

According to the Transformation Project website, several of the Summit’s session topics include:

  • Supporting Your Two-Spirit & Native LGBTQ+ Patients and Coworkers
  • Learning to Address Implicit Bias Towards LGBTQ+ & 2S Patients
  • General Affirming Care and The Attitude of Affirmation in Assessment

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota find these activities very disturbing, especially among a healthcare institution that takes an oath to “do no harm.” It is ironic that health care providers blatantly deny the science that tells us one cannot change their God-given sex. Children struggling with gender confusion should be protected from unethical medical interventions that ignore underlying causes and reject long-term health and well-being.

 

No long term, scientific research exists to support the safety or efficacy of sex reassignment treatments on children – in fact, there is evidence to the contrary. A 30-year study in Sweden showed a significant increase in heart disease and in the number of suicides, suicide attempts, and psychiatric hospitalizations in people a decade after they have undergone sex-reassignment surgery compared to a control group of people of the same age and sex.

 

To encourage attendance, “medical professionals” attending the event will be awarded professional education credits.

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Contact Bill Gassen, President and CEO of Sanford Health, at [email protected] or by calling the Sanford Medical Center at 605-333-1000, and strongly urge him to cancel the January 13 Midwest Gender Identity Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we pray for those struggling with gender dysphoria that they will believe the truth about Your design for them found in Scriptures and reject the lies of Satan.  Let them see truth in Your Word that says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” We ask for protection of the hearts and minds of all our children, and we pray for Christians to courageously and lovingly speak God’s truth about Your design for sexuality in a confused and needy world.   

 

Linda Thorson
State Director

Nance to American Girl: shame on you

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Penny Nance statement on American Girl’s book pushing puberty blockers:

 

“Shame on American Girl for teaching girls as young as three years old to hate their bodies.  What happened to teaching girls that they are beautiful just the way they are?” asked Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization. “Advocating that young girls consider altering their bodies through puberty blockers or surgery exploits vulnerable and impressionable children. In the same way that it would be dangerous to tell a young, underweight girl struggling with an eating disorder to consider gastric bypass surgery, why are we encouraging a young girl struggling with her female identity to mutilate her body? There used to be a time when parents trusted corporations like a doll company to send positive messages to their daughters, but unfortunately those days are gone. Parents need to stop buying goods from woke corporations pushing this dangerous and manipulative agenda on their children.” 

Groups to GOP: “Marriage Matters”

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It is the sad reality that this week, the Respect for Marriage Act (better named the Disrespect of Marriage Act) passed both chambers of Congress. It now heads to the President’s desk to become law. Disappointingly, legislators in the Senate and House who tout pro-family values voted the exact opposite by voting to advance the bill. Find out how your Senator voted here and how your Representative voted here. Disrespect Act supporters overlook the religious freedom concerns posed in the bill and have redefined marriage from a commitment between a man and a woman to something else entirely.

 

Although these legislators failed to represent their constituents, there is hope to be had. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) said, “The attempts to derail this piece of legislation were probably more focused and robust than any other bills I’ve worked on in the last two years.” Sen. Sinema is right; coalition members and constituents mobilized in a way that was shocking to many members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans. It has long been believed that the marriage argument was dead and that the average American did not care about the definition of marriage. This is a large reason Democrats decided to move on this legislation; they saw it as a winning issue with little to no opposition. However, that belief has proven to be false.

 

Here at Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), we urged legislators to vote no. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the Disrespect Act, and 47 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. This was of great concern, as there were no religious freedom protections. Twelve Senate Republicans voted to advance the bill with the addition of an abysmal and meaningless religious freedom amendment. These Republicans wrongly voted “yes.” It might be said that little advance notice and no committee hearings caught them off guard. However, they now understand loud and clear their constituents’ support for Biblical marriage. They have had ample time to understand the concerns of this bill and their constituents’ position. We experienced some breakthrough, as fewer House Republicans supported the bill in their vote this week than over the summer.

 

CWALAC will continue to defend marriage as God intended, as we know this leads to healthy family units. Marriage is a sacred union created to reflect Christ and His bride, the church. Marriage sanctifies those in the union in a unique way that God has intentionally and purposefully created, through the commitment of a woman and a man. Further, children need and have a right to both a mother and father, as God intended. It is cruel to tear a child away from their biological parents to fulfill the desires of an adult. Although God can restore and redeem all situations, it is not hard to see the problems that often arise in homes that are lacking a mother or father. Each provides an irreplaceable and important role in a child’s life to have the optimal environment to flourish.

 

The government has a responsibility to punish evil and praise good (1 Peter 2:13-14). Unfortunately, the so-called Respect for Marriage Act does neither in promoting what God has deemed unholy as good. This bill will affect people of faith trying to live out their religious convictions; it will affect the family unit, and, furthermore, it will create the opportunity to harm children. Therefore, CWALAC will continue to advance pro-family policies.