January 29, 2016 Radio Commentary

Franklin Graham, Religion & Marriage Law

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 29, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Have you heard the good news? Billy Graham’s son Franklin began his Decision America Tour in Des Moines, Iowa on January 5th. His sixth stop is planned for Atlanta, where the program of Christian music, prayer for the nation and an evangelistic message is free-of-charge and open to the public, at Liberty Plaza, directly behind the State Capitol, at noon Wednesday, February 10th. So, come, bring your friends, and wear your most comfortable walking shoes (regardless of how they look.)

Meanwhile, please work on Representative Kevin Tanner’s two new religious liberty bills introduced January 14th. H.B. 756 is okay. It affirms the right of businesses to provide services and products without compromising their religious beliefs. Call Judiciary Chairman Willard at 404 656-5125 and ask him to pass H.B. 756 out of committee.

But Section 1 of H.B. 757 is not okay. In the introductory paragraph of Section 1, H.B. 757 repeals Georgia marriage law in Code Section 19-3-3.1 that (a) defines marriage as between a man and a woman, (b) prohibits same-sex marriage in Georgia, and (c) prohibits the recognition of same-sex unions performed elsewhere. Then, it replaces Georgia’s current marriage law with the following:

“No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.” Continue reading

February 2016 Newsletter

(The February 2016 Newsletter content includes these topics: Redefining of marriage, sexual orientation counseling, sanctuary cities,  marijuana, English as a second language)

H.B. 757 Repeals Georgia Definition of Marriage

H.B. 757, Representative Kevin tanner introduced January 14th as a religious liberty bill to uphold pastors’ right of conscience, does far more than that. It repeals Georgia marriage law that is quoted in Paragraph 1 below, and replaces it with language in Paragraph 2 below.

Paragraph 1: Georgia’s Current1 Marriage Law
“19-3-3.1. (a) It is declared to be the public policy of this state to recognize the union only of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state.

(b) No marriage between persons of the same sex shall be recognized as entitled to the benefits of marriage. Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex pursuant to a marriage license issued by another state or foreign jurisdiction or otherwise shall be void in this state. Any contractual rights granted by virtue of such license shall be unenforceable in the courts of this state and the courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction whatsoever under any circumstances to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to such marriage or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties’ respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such marriage.”

Paragraph 2: Marriage Law as Proposed in H.B. 757
“19-3-3.1. No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.”

If H.B. 757 passes, Georgia law would not define marriage, though the Georgia Constitution, Article I, Section. IV, Paragraph I would continue to define it as between a man and a woman.

ACTION – Oppose. Call House Judiciary Committee Representatives Willard, Ch., 404 656-5125; Fleming, V-Ch., 656-0152; Allison, Sec., 656-0188; Bennett, 656-0220; Beskin, 656-0254; Bruce, 656-7859; Caldwell, 656-0325; Evans, 656-6372; Golick, 656-5943; Jones, 656-7859; Kelly, 657-1803; Mabra, 656-7859; Weldon, 656-5105; Wilkinson, 463-8143.

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January 22, 2016 Radio Commentary

The Grow-Marijuana-in-Georgia Bill

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 22, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Last year Representative Allen Peake got his 12-page H.B. 1 passed to legalize medical marijuana! This year he’s trying to pass his 25-page H.B. 722 that would legalize a marijuana-growing and product-selling business in Georgia.

Last year’s bill authorized the use of marijuana for eight specific medical conditions; this year’s bill more than doubles that number, to 16 conditions, plus “any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.”

The commissioner would have until December 1st, to register as many as six Georgia medical marijuana producers and new producers could be hired every December 1st. July 1, 2017 is the target-date for producers to supply marijuana, but this bill requires distribution to patients to begin by July 1st this year. Continue reading

January 15, 2016 Radio Commentary

War on Traditional Morality goes “Full Speed Ahead!”

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 15, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Today ends the first week of this legislative session that convened with a back-breaking workload of bills from last session. It wouldn’t be so bad if the bills were about issues that don’t mean much, whether they pass or fail. But, that’s not the case!

Schools have become a major battlefield where the vicious war on morality is waged and is being intensified through the legislative process. Last session, Representative Keisha Waites introduced H.B. 40 to force public and private schools to give sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity civil rights status in instances of bullying. Non cooperative schools would suffer the consequences. The problem is: the definition of bullying has been expanded to include any negative comment to anyone.

If H.B. 40 were to pass, all public schools and all private schools would be forced to discard life-long policies that support traditional morality and replace them with blatant affirmation of alternate lifestyles. If that were to happen, students would lose their freedom of speech. They couldn’t say anything negative about any lifestyle.

Also last year, H.B. 142 was introduced by Representative Simone Bell. It would penalize schools that refuse to adopt pro-homosexual policies. The penalty outlined in her bill would be to withhold scholarship money from any school that would not implement the change. Continue reading