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For Immediate Release: Religious Freedom Prevails

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum
Phone:  225-344-8533
E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

For Immediate Release:  06/30/2014

Louisiana Family Forum praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling today, which upheld religious freedom and rights of conscience for family-owned businesses that object to providing sterilization, contraceptive services and drugs that induce abortions.

LFF President Gene Mills made the following comments:

“Today is a good day in America! The Supreme Court has delivered a substantial victory for religious freedom. We are thankful that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed that the heavy hand of government went too far by mandating owners of family businesses to violate their consciences or face crippling government fines.

The HHS mandate gave family businesses two choices: violate deeply held religious beliefs by paying for abortifacient drugs and services or pay fines of $100 per day, per employee. Thankfully, the HHS mandate has been lifted, and the fundamental right to own and operate a business while honoring deeply held religious convictions was upheld.

America can be grateful that the Court has affirmed the constitutional right to exercise religious freedom and the right of conscience and that the government cannot impose laws that force business owners to violate those core beliefs.”

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Louisiana Family Forum is a statewide 501c3 non-profit organization represents traditional families and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

www.lafamilyforum.org
800-606-6470


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Read the Louisiana Family Forum Family Facts!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The Louisiana Family Forum “Family Facts” is a weekly newsletter keeping you informed and up-to-date on state and national issues and events important to traditional family values.

Here are the most recent issues:

Experience the End of Week with Gene Mills!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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The Louisiana Family Forum “End of Week with Gene Mills” is a weekly newsletter, from the desk of LFF’s President, keeping you informed and up-to-date on state and national issues and events important to traditional family values.

Here are the most recent issues:

For Immediate Release: The Defense of Marriage

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Phone:  225-344-8533
E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

For Immediate Release:  06/25/2014

Federal District Court Judge Martin Feldman heard oral arguments in the case of Robicheaux, et al v. Caldwell, et al in a packed federal courtroom in New Orleans today. Plaintiffs claim that Louisiana’s marriage amendment discriminates against same–sex couples who wish to have their “marriages” from other states recognized in Louisiana.

The Honorable Judge Feldman questioned attorneys from both sides for over an hour. Feldman pleaded with plaintiffs to explain why a Federal court should overturn the will of the people from the sovereign state of Louisiana, as expressed in a democratic process.  In 2004, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution by a 78 percent vote, defining marriages in Louisiana to be exclusively between one man and one woman.

Judge Feldman and attorneys repeatedly cited the Windsor case decided by the United States Supreme Court last year. In Windsor, the Court ruled 5-4, deciding that defining marriage is uniquely a state objective and that the Federal government cannot interfere with the states prerogative to define marriage.

Attorneys Kyle Duncan and Mike Johnson were selected by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to represent the state of Louisiana and defend the state law on marriage.  Special Assistant Attorney Duncan commented after oral arguments today: “The State was pleased at how today’s hearing went. The court was clear that it will give fair and impartial consideration to these extremely serious issues, and that is all any litigant could ask.”

Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum, stated: “Judge Feldman conducted today’s proceedings in a fair and impartial manner while pressing the litigants to be mindful of the U.S. Constitution and the sovereignty of individual states. LFF is grateful for the service of both of the capable attorneys, Duncan and Johnson. We are cautiously optimistic that Judge Feldman will rely on the Constitutional right of states to define marriage and that Louisiana law will stand.”

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Louisiana Family Forum is a statewide 501c3 non-profit organization represents traditional families and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Louisiana Family Forum Action is a statewide 501c4 organization.

www.lafamilyforum.org
800-606-6470


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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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OTE – A Huge Success!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Pro-Life Advances!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

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LFF Statement on DHH Hearing Postponement

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

LFF Statement on DHH Hearing Postponement 

Contact:  Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Phone:  225-344-8533

E-mail: info@lafamilyforum.org

For Immediate Release:  02/04/2014

Baton Rouge, La.–Prompted by changes in Louisiana law, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has been working on revisions to existing abortion facility regulations for two years.DHH has accepted written comments and planned a public hearing for Tuesday based on those revisions. However, late Monday evening, DHH issued this notice of cancellation on their website.

Gene Mills, President of the Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), released this statement regarding the cancellation of today’s hearing:

“Secretary Kathy Kliebert has proposed modest, common sense measures to protect Louisiana women and children and to insure that the Louisiana abortion industry operates by standards comparable to other outpatient surgery centers. LFF commends DHH and Secretary Kliebert for these responsible efforts.

DHH has been under strident attack for the last two weeks by aggressive abortion profiteers who support the deregulation of the abortion industry in Louisiana. The public hearing delay is DHH’s due diligence before publishing rules for those who market abortions in Louisiana. The public will have an opportunity to comment at a rescheduled hearing in the near future.

We are grateful for the leadership which the Jindal Administration has taken in implementing the will of the Louisiana Legislature to guard against dangerous conditions in these facilities.”

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Louisiana Family Forum, the “voice for traditional families in Louisiana” is dedicated to preserving faith, family and freedom in Louisiana through research, communication and networking. The organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible non-profit and is the statewide affiliate of Focus on the Family.

www.lafamilyforum.org

800-606-6470


Questions or comments about LFF or LFFA? Contact us via email, phone or postal mail.