Almost 100 legislators have signed onto bills in the State House and State Senate that would add “sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” to the PA Human Relations Act. These bi-partisan bills (HB 300 and SB 300) are very misleading and most legislators, nor the general population, understand the full impact passage of such a law would have on Pennsylvania citizens. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), in an effort to educate the sponsors of these bills, has contacted them with a simple question: “Last month Facebook added over fifty additional gender identities to their gender options. If a bill you support, HB 300/SB300, becomes law will these also be included as protected classes under the “Gender Identity or expression” component of the bill?”
It should be noted here that judges have pointed to a state’s “non-discrimination” law in their decision to throw out a state’s marriage law or constitutional amendment protecting marriage. So, yes . . . these laws can have a profound ripple effect, if passed.
The end of February, homosexual activists and their allies targeted State Reps and State Senators putting pressure on them to support the bills. It’s now our turn!
1.) On Monday the US Supreme Court announced they would not hear the case involving the German homeschool family, the Romeike’s, who had been granted initial asylum until the Obama Administration intervened. Less than 24 hours later the Department of Homeland Security contacted the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and announced they were granting the Romeike’s indefinite deferred action status.
2.) Today the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights was rejected by the US Senate by a vote of 47-52.
Senator Casey recently joined the chorus of Pennsylvanians calling for a rejection of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 7.
In 2006 Jason Shephard of Philadelphia was slipped the date rape drug GHB by a co-worker who had invited him over to his home. Through his drugged stupor he fought off the homosexual assault, but was strangled to death as a result. The perpetrator, William Smithson, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008. He is appealing the recent denial for a new trial declaring he was only convicted because of “homophobia.” The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) notes the double standard – the media blackout — this case continues to expose.
The intense pressure leveled at Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto that state’s improvement to their already existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act again exposes the true intent of homosexual activists and their supporters. They want to force all to “celebrate” their lifestyle by using the rule of law to require that those with deeply held religious beliefs lay those beliefs aside and participate in validating the homosexual lifestyle.
During an interview on Monday US Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts, such as Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, that is was okay not to enforce state marriage laws or state constitutional amendments that they believe are discriminatory. Even the New York Times noted, “It is highly unusual for the United States attorney general to advise his state counterparts on how and when to refuse to defend state laws.”
Yesterday Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced she would not appeal a ruling by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline L. Russell which threw out an assisted suicide case. In the Attorney General’s statement announcing her decision, she said it was her job to enforce the law. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) has contacted Attorney General Kane expressing our concerns over her decision to pick and choose the laws she enforces.
Yesterday Diane Gramley participated in a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to announce the formation of the international Coalition for Family Values. The endeavor is being spearheaded by Scott Lively of Defend the Family International and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The coalition, while acknowledging there are Russian policies we do not accept, issued a statement praising Russia for passing laws to protect their children from homosexual propaganda.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) has introduced a resolution, H. Res. 476, which denounces the use of federal coercion to lure states into adopting the Common Core Standards. On the Senate side, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) has introduced S. Res. 345. These resolutions also emphasize the importance of local control of education.