March 22, 2013
LEXINGTON, KY—"It won't be comforting for many Kentuckians to know that the ACLU is now calling the shots in the Governor's office," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation, in response to Gov. Steve Beshear's veto of HB 279, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
"This puts churches around the Commonwealth of Kentucky on notice that the First Amendment religious freedoms they thought their government respected may now be negotiable. We just hope elected lawmakers in the Legislature will act quickly to correct the Governor's action. We think they will."
Cothran said that the opposition to religious freedom by the ACLU and gay rights groups like the Fairness Alliance was a dangerous development. "The message of these groups, which used to be restricted to advocacy for basic civil rights protections, has metastasized into loud and open opposition to religious freedom. This is a dangerous development."
"Religious people should not have to ask permission from the ACLU and gay rights groups to believe what they believe," said Cothran.