PFOX Urges Indiana and Arkansas Governors to Stand Strong on Religious Freedom Acts

PFOX Urges Indiana and Arkansas Governors to Stand Strong on Religious Freedom Acts

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays Says Attacks on Laws Demonstrate Intolerance

April 2, 2015

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com

RICHMOND, Va.—As the states of Indiana and Arkansas are embroiled in a battle over Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion, is urging Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to uphold laws that protect religious freedom.

After signing the Indiana law last Thursday and defending it further this past weekend, Gov. Pence and his team said they would reconsider the language of the law, adding it was never intended to be a “license to discriminate” but rather is “about empowering people to confront government overreach.” In Arkansas, Gov. Hutchinson declined to sign the law after first indicating he would, and instead sent it back to the legislature with a request that lawmakers change the language.

Religious liberty is fundamental to our nation, as it applies to our ability to live our lives in accordance with our beliefs,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “Respecting each other is part of building a tolerant society, and this includes respecting each person’s right to religious freedom and supporting the right of all Americans to make decisions based on their faith convictions.”

Griggs added that neither the Indiana law nor the Arkansas law is an attempt to discriminate against homosexuals but rather each is an effort to protect the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

“PFOX does not support discrimination against homosexuals or against anyone,” Griggs added, “We believe the homosexual community needs to offer the same equal treatment to people of faith by stopping these attacks on faith and religious liberty.”

PFOX encourages Americans to voice their support for Indiana’s law by signing a petition from the Family Research Council, and to contact Gov. Hutchinson and urge him to uphold religious freedom in Arkansas.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.

Griggs works directly with ex-gay ministry leaders, families and friends of those who struggle with same sex attraction. She became Vice President of PFOX in 1998, and has served as executive director since 1999. She has been interviewed by numerous television, radio and print outlets, including “TIME Magazine,” the “Los Angeles Times.” the “Washington Post,” the “Advocate” and the “Washington Times.”

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.

For more information on PFOX, visit its web site at www.PFOX.org, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed @PFOX4U, or email info@pfox.org.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.

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To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, or at media@hamiltonstrategies.com.