A pending bill in your state would legalize discrimination in the name of religious freedom. We need to stop it.
SB 40 would permit officials to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "The clerk or deputy clerk shall not be required to issue a marriage license if such clerk has an objection to the issuance of such license on personal, ethical, moral or religious grounds," the bill reads.
Not surprisingly, SB 40 is being dubbed the "Kim Davis Bill" after the Kentucky county clerk who gained national notoriety when she refused to marry same-sex couples. State Sen. Charles Carrico, the sponsor of the bill, recently likened homosexuality with cancer. The bill would allow official discrimination in a secular government on spurious religious grounds. There is no justification for it. SB 40 is currently before the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
- Your state senator
- Members of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee
- Voice your strong opposition to SB 40.
Personalize your statement if possible, or feel free to cut and paste the wording below. (When you contact your state senator, please add that you are a constituent.)
I am writing as a Virginia resident and taxpayer to oppose SB 40, the so-called "Kim Davis Bill." It would illegitimately exempt officials from issuing marriage licenses if they claim a religious objection. This bill turns religious belief into an instrument that bigots can use to persecute LGBTQ individuals. Citizens rely on their government to serve them equally regardless of their background. A county or city clerk issues marriage licenses in an official capacity, and if the person's religious beliefs come in the way, then the individual shouldn't be in that office. SB 40 goes against the founding secular principles of our country.
The mayor of a small town in Northern Wisconsin recently made the right decision to remove In God We Trust stickers from the township's police cars in response to a Freedom From Religion Foundation request. Please let him know how much you appreciate his support of the First Amendment.
The mayor and city officials will quite certainly be receiving blowback from the other side. It is important that we counter it.
There is no good reason for city vehicles to display a religious message. The history of the motto "In God We Trust" shows no secular purpose; the motto was first adopted during the Cold War as a reaction to the purported "godlessness" of communism. America's original motto — "E Pluribus Unum" ("out of many, one") — is purely secular and was selected by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
The Pew Research Center reports nearly one in four adult Americans, and one in three young Americans, is nonreligious. "In God We Trust" is not even correct. For it to be accurate, it would have to read, "In God Some of Us Trust," and wouldn't that be silly?
The Honorable David Hovel
Mayor of Prescott
388 Dakota St. South
Prescott, WI 54021
Personalize your statement if possible, or feel free to cut and paste the wording below.
I want to thank you for your correct decision to remove In God We Trust stickers from your town's police cars. Citizens of all religious views or no religion interact with and rely on law enforcement during some of the most vulnerable times of their lives. Your decision ensures that these citizens will not be made to feel excluded because the local government they support with their taxes overstepped its bounds by prominently placing an exclusionary religious statement on police vehicles.
Thank you, once again, for making the right decision.
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