By Tony Perkins
It might not be home to the Alamo, but the call to Remember Houston is fueling conservatives across the country to stop the attack on the freedom of belief through special gender identity bills. In Arkansas, state leaders made it clear that local governments, like Fayetteville, couldn’t adopt these onerous special rights measure that trample freedom and drive away business.
By huge margins, the Arkansas House (57-20) and Senate (24-8) passed a bill that would ban city councils from enacting Houston-type measures that punish people with conservative views on issues like marriage and sexual morality. Under a handful of ordinances around the country, local governments have used these proposals as an excuse to trample Americans’ freedom of belief — and punish small business owners like cake makers who morally object to participating in same-sex “weddings.” In other places, the measures have become a privacy and safety nightmare for parents, who shudder to think of their daughters sharing public restrooms, showers, and locker rooms with grown men who abuse the “gender identity” language to prey on the opposite sex.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has already said that he’ll let the bill become law, which gives conservatives — not just a victory, but a roadmap for other states to do the same. Our hats go off to Arkansas leaders for paving the way in the fight to uphold the freedom of every American, regardless of their religious views.
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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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