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FACT President to Join Lineup of Speakers at October’s TN Eagle Forum Event

FACT President David Fowler will be one of the 16 speakers featured at the Tennessee Eagle Forum’s 2017 On Eagle’s Wings Biennial Conference on October 7th at Embassy Suites in Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with an optional banquet starting at 6:00 p.m. William Federer is the banquet speaker. David’s topic is “Reminding Courts of Their Impotence.” The biennial conference is always excellent.

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FACT Commends Trump for Focus on Military Preparedness

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (July 26, 2017) – In light of President Donald Trump tweeting a statement today concerning military preparedness as it relates to transgenders in the armed forces, FACT President David Fowler made this comment:

President Trump has kept a campaign promise to make military preparedness the focus of our military, and I commend him for doing so.

The military is not suited for social experimentation that distracts from and diverts resources away from its singular focus—military preparedness against threats by foreign military powers—particularly at a time when those threats are increasing around the globe.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications | Office Phone: 615-261-1338 | email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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David Fowler Signs Letter to HHS to Rescind Burdensome Obamacare Mandates

Letter to HHS, July 10, 2017Today the Family Policy Alliance sent a letter signed by the leaders of 27 family policy councils, including David Fowler of Family Action of Tennessee, to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asking the department to rescind regulations that were adopted to aid in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The letter is in response to an invitation from Secretary Price to advise him of the most burdensome provisions of Obamacare. The signatories seek to “rescind both the transgender and contraceptive mandates, thereby lifting the regulatory burden off the backs of religious professionals and organizations” and to help ensure that the religious freedoms of people of faith violated by these two mandates are restored.

The transgender mandate forces nearly all doctors and hospitals to provide “gender transition procedures” for everyone—and that means children—and there is no religious exemption. This problem is compounded by the fact that the only authority for the mandate is through another rule in which the term “sex” was redefined to include “gender identity.”

Additionally, the contraceptive mandate requires employer-based health plans to cover “preventative health services,” which include sterilization, contraception, and abortion-inducing drugs. There is likewise no religious exemption for those who oppose this mandate.

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Obergefell-Related Marriage Lawsuit Advances in Court!

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (June 1, 2017) —Tuesday we received notice that Judge Pemberton denied the various motions made to dismiss the Obergefell-related marriage lawsuit filed in Bradley County by FACT’s Constitutional Government Defense Fund (CGDF).

FACT’s president, David Fowler, who as an attorney is handling the lawsuit on behalf of the CGDF, said the following:

It is very gratifying that the judge recognized the fact that no state court in Tennessee and no federal court have determined the effect of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision on Tennessee marriage license law. Sadly, most people have been willing to overlook the legal and constitutional questions left open by Obergefell, making this the only case of its kind in the nation. So we are grateful that the judge believes our clients have the legal right to raise those questions and that he is willing to decide them.

Background to the Litigation

In January 2016, CGDF filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bradley County, Tenn., minister and County Commissioner. The suit asked the court to determine whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, had invalidated Tennessee marriage license law or whether the Court, by that decision, had for the first time in history effectively “amended” a state law.

The lawsuit highlights the fact that the Obergefell Court held that “state laws are invalid to the extent they exclude same-sex couples from marriage,” yet states are acting as if their laws are not only still valid, but have been effectively “amended” by the Court’s decision in a way that eliminates the “male and female” language from state statutes, such as is found in Tennessee law.

The U.S. Supreme Court and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals have previously held that any decision by a federal court as to whether unconstitutional language in a state statute can be eliminated so as to “save” the statute from being completely unconstitutional is a state court issue. It is for that reason that the CGDF believes the Obergefell Court did not address and left open the question of whether state marriage license laws had any continuing validity.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which David Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications | Office Phone: 615-261-1338 | email: laura.bagby@factn.org

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Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order a Start

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (May 4, 2017) — The following statement concerning President Trump’s executive order regarding religious liberty may be attributed to FACT President David Fowler:

In February, the Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) joined with Family Policy Alliance and its network of 39 state-based family policy councils in sending a letter to President Trump asking him to make good on his campaign promise to protect religious freedom.

Today’s executive order is a good first step in protecting our first and most fundamental liberty. It addresses in a limited way the Johnson Amendment that has been used by the IRS to intimidate conservative ministers, but we call on the President to provide the leadership Congress needs to repeal it.

We also join others in calling on the President to now take those additional steps necessary to fulfill the promise made during his campaign to fully protect religious liberty, particularly the liberty of those who believe in the sanctity of life and marriage.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), which David Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on marriage, families, life, and religious liberty. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values God’s design for the family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit FACTn.org.

Media Contact: Laura Bagby, Director of Communications | Office Phone: 615-261-1338 | email: laura.bagby@factn.org

Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom share this video moment with President Trump at the Iowa Faith and Family Coalition in September 2015 from the Patriotic Populist.