FRC Tips Their Hat to Texas for Standing Strong

FRC applauds more than 60 elected officials from Texas who signed a letter with Governor Rick Perry calling for the Boy Scouts to keep their timeless values and not change their stance on homosexuality, according to The Christian Post. FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, stated that:

“As leaders from the Boy Scouts organization meet in Texas, we hope that seeing the solidarity of so many Texas leaders will encourage them to reaffirm their current policy on homosexuality. Gov. Perry and these Texas officials… are putting parents' rights first, and we applaud them for it.”

Peter Sprigg Testifies Against Maryland Gender Identity Bill

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, testified against Maryland Senate Bill 449 which would add “gender identity” to be protected against discrimination in “public accommodations, housing, and employment” in Maryland according to a Charisma News article. Sprigg stated the following in the hearing:

“I understand the motivation behind this bill—the sponsors are concerned about the pain in the lives of these individuals, and hope that this intervention will ease that pain. While I share that motivation, I must oppose this bill because it will not work. This bill would force the state and private actors—employers, landlords and others who provide public services—to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality. Not only will it not make their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better.”

Dr. David Prentice Congratulates the Kansas Senate’s Ethical Stem Cell Therapy Bill Passage

Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow & Director, Life Sciences at FRC, congratulated the Kansas State Senate on passing S.B. 199. According to PR Newswire, the bill establishes “the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, a regional hub to advance and deliver adult cord blood stem cell therapies to patients and serving as a resource for adult and cord blood stem cells for therapies. The Center would also inform professionals and the public about such therapies.” Dr. Prentice testified in the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare supporting the bill last week and stated:

“There are significant opportunities right now for Kansas … to benefit from the establishment of a center of excellence specializing in the application of adult stem cell therapies for certain diseases, as well as educating physicians as well as the public about the advantages and availability of stem cell treatments.”