PRESS RELEASE from Wisconsin Family Action:
Wisconsin Family Action supports Rep. Craig and Sen. Leibham’s new proposal
MADISON — “Our Founders called religious freedom our ‘first freedom.’ They knew it was one of the most important underpinnings in our society. Like those Founding Fathers, Representative Dave Craig and Senator Joe Leibham get it. They recognize how critical the preservation of religious freedom is in our state and nation,” says Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling.
Assembly Representative Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) have introduced a proposal that will give Wisconsin citizens the very best legal protection of their religious freedom. This Religious Freedom Amendment adds specific language to the existing religious freedom language in Wisconsin’s Constitution, Article I, Section 18. The language clearly codifies the specifics regarding when “the state” can trump religious freedom. A number of other representatives and senators have signed on as co-sponsor
In recent years, Wisconsin has experienced a number of situations where the religious freedom of individuals has been threatened or challenged. The Religious Freedom Amendment would clarify the law and, if legal challenges were made, would ensure that courts must follow the law as outlined in the amendment.
“It’s critical that we get this solid language in the constitution so that future Wisconsin judges and courts know exactly what the standards are,” notes Appling. “Our courts haven’t been bad here of late in this area; but as we all know, at any time we are just one election or appointment away from having a judge who would see religious liberty very differently from current judges and courts.”
The Amendment is in the State Legislature for “First Consideration.” Wisconsin law requires that an amendment to the State Constitution pass in two consecutive legislative sessions and then be put on a statewide ballot for voters to approve.
Appling states, “We have been working with Rep. Craig and Sen. Leibham for several months on this proposal. They are true champions of liberty. We are extremely pleased to have this Amendment begin the legislative process under their very competent leadership.”
The amendment will read basically the same as the one introduced in the 2011-2012 session, which you can read HERE.
(SIGN ON to Wisconsin Family Action’s petition in support of the Religious Freedom Amendment HERE.)