Our allies in other states are making heroic efforts to support commonsense measures to defend and protect fundamental freedoms and First Amendment rights. First, I’ll catch you up-to-date and then let you know what you can do to help preserve religious freedom in our country.

North Carolina

North Carolina’s legislature passed, and their governor signed, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act on March 23. This commonsense law protects women and children from having to share public bathrooms and locker rooms with men. This action was a much needed and appropriate response to the passage of a Charlotte ordinance that allowed men into women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms – an ordinance similar to the one Houston voted down last November.

Immediately the bullying tactics of the so-called tolerant Left came out against this commonsense bill, framing it as “anti-gay,” “discriminatory,” and “bigoted.” The Human Rights Commission drummed up Big Business opposition, and PayPal reneged on their agreement to expand their corporation in Charlotte (despite the fact they currently do business in 19 countries where homosexuality is illegal and 6 countries where they can be executed).

More threats came from the federal government about removing funding, and the NBA is reportedly considering pulling their All-Star game from Charlotte. Even governors in New York, Connecticut, and Minnesota are boycotting by banning state travel to North Carolina.

All of this because of a commonsense law that places the privacy interests of women and children first.

I commend Governor McCrory for standing strong against these politically-motivated and melodramatic attacks being thrown at him.

Mississippi

With the backing of a majority of Mississippians, Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act this past Tuesday.

We have continued to see a trend of business owners and religious nonprofits around the country being penalized for their beliefs on marriage and this law works to guard freedom of conscience for all Mississippi citizens.

HB 1523 states that the government cannot discriminate against a religious organization, a medical professional, someone who works in the wedding industry, or a government employee due to their beliefs about marriage and outlines specific protections for each of those groups.

As stated by Alliance Defending Freedom, “[Y]ou’re not free if your beliefs are confined to your mind. What makes America unique is our freedom to peacefully live out those beliefs, and the Constitution protects that freedom.”

How you can get involved

Voice your support for these two men standing strong to support the fundamental rights of all instead of a select, special interests group. Here’s what you can do today:

  1. Call both governors to say THANK YOU for signing these outstanding bills into law.
    Gov. McCrory: 919-814-2000
    Gov. Bryant: 601-359-3150
  2. Send a thank you postcard to Gov. McCrory! People in every state are coming together to send thank you postcards to North Carolina Governor McCrory. Click here to fill out the form and send your message. Tell Gov. McCrory that any state that stands up for safety and privacy is a state you want to visit.
  3. Pray! Pray that both of these governors will stand strong in the face of opposition and will not cave to the pressure mounting against them.

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Due to the number of linked articles in my email today, I encourage you to learn more about what is happening in our nation by clicking those news stories and then taking action!

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