Policy Papers

Family Policy Network remains vigilant in tracking and studying administrative and legislative proposals in corporate and public policy. The following Policy Papers are available to inform Christian citizens on the details related to some of the more significant issues recently under consideration. Permission to reproduce and/or distribute FPN Policy Papers is hereby granted, as long as the contents are not edited and the following attribution is provided: Policy Paper provided by Family Policy Network, www.familytpolicy.net. Hate Crimes – Family Policy Network (FPN) opposes any and all efforts to add the phrase: “sexual orientation” to governmental lists of so-called ‘hate crimes’ categories at the local, state or federal level. State legislatures often consider such proposals and some have been passed and signed into law. This policy paper explains the reasons why FPN is opposed to all such proposals.   Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – Since the Civil Rights Act was pass by Congress in 1964, local, state, and federal government bodies have enacted a variety of laws preventing discrimination on the basis of things like race, religion and national origin. In recent years, several states and localities have added ’sexual orientation’ and/or ‘gender identity’ to ‘protected’ classes. Others have created a so called “Human Rights Commission” to investigate claims of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation. This policy paper presents the reasons for Family Policy Network’s (FPN) opposition to such legislation and policies.   State Marriage Amendments – In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court created a Constitutional “right” to homosexual sodomy in the landmark case known as Lawrence v. Texas. That same year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court took the unprecedented step of requiring its legislature to create so-called “gay marriages,” thereby triggering fears that the full faith and credit clause in the U.S. Constitution would be used to require all states to recognize homosexual “unions” from Massachusetts. Since that time, pro-family lawmakers and citizens have amended most state constitutions in order to preserve the centuries-old definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Some of those states adopted amendments that define the term “marriage” AND ban counterfeits like civil unions and domestic partnerships. Unfortunately, some other states only define the word “marriage.” This policy paper explains Family Policy Network’s (FPN) position on state marriage amendments and explains why the differences in language are so important.   The Morning-after Abortion Pill (MAP) – This drug is commonly referred to as “emergency contraception,” but it is actually a high dosage of hormones ordinarily found in physician-prescribed “birth control” pills. According to documentation from manufacturers of the MAP, the pill must be taken within 72 hours after sexual intercourse to be effective.(1) While the MAP’s primary purpose is to prevent ovulation, it is also designed to prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg when taken AFTER conception, thereby causing some chemical abortions.