March 20, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY—"Gay rights groups in this state have now come out of the closet on their opposition to religious freedom," said a spokesman for The Family Foundation after Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear calling on him to veto HB 279, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The ACLU and the Fairness Alliance have been encouraging public officials to join their efforts for the Governor to veto the bill.
"It appears that the groups have now entered a new phase in their political activism: rolling back First Amendment religious protections," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group. "Gay rights groups used to be opposed to discrimination; now they're promoting it."
The Family Foundation, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Baptist Convention have all called on the Governor to sign the bill, which was passed by large majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.