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Dismissal in Howe v. Haslam Affirms Legislative Policy Determination

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (November 6, 2014) —The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

I applaud the Tennessee Court of Appeals for its decision dismissing the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Equal Access to Intrastate Commerce Act, also known as House Bill 600. In a day when cultural winds have driven some courts to issue politically correct decisions, the Court of Appeals stuck to the facts and the law.

The Court rightly noted that the state has authority to determine that civil rights laws should apply uniformly across the state. As the Court noted, those who advocate for special legal protections based on their sexual behaviors have not been precluded from persuading the people of this state of their need for those protections. And the court rightly recognized that those kinds of policy decisions are committed under our form of government to the legislature, not the judiciary.

At a time when we needed the economy to grow, our legislators did the right thing in passing the Act. They understood that the creation of desperately needed new jobs required an expansion of existing businesses and that the prospect of a patchwork of different local laws across the state would be a hindrance to that expansion.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.

Read the Howe v. Haslam Court Case

Read the Related Tennessean Article About the Dismissed Lawsuit

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

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FACT President Praises Sixth Circuit Marriage Decision

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (November 6, 2014) —The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals injected a much-needed measure of judicial and constitutional sanity into the debate over the purpose of marriage laws and the nature of the institution.

The Court’s majority, in a refreshing demonstration of judicial restraint, rightly said that for judges to “constitutionalize” changing social mores by forcing a new definition of marriage on the people was wrong. They recognized the obvious, that writing a definition of marriage into the constitution “converts federal judges from interpreters of the [Constitution] into newly commissioned authors of it.”

I cannot agree more with their statement that “judicial humility” requires them not to call “irrational” a view of marriage “shared by most, if not, all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States.”

And, thankfully, the Court exposed the “love and commitment definition of marriage” advanced by homosexual activist for what it is—a definition that must eventually lead to “plural marriages” because “three or four adults, whether gay, bisexual, or straight” can be in love and commit to one another.

The reasoning of the majority judges on the Sixth Circuit constitutes a strong rebuke to those judges in other Circuits who wrongly believe that the majority of Americans cannot and should not be allowed to govern themselves in these matters.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional 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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Passage of Amendment 1 Gives Voters Back Their Voice on Abortion Policy

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (November 4, 2014) – David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), issued a statement in response to the passage of Amendment 1:

Today is a great victory for the people of Tennessee, who have reclaimed from our state Supreme Court their right to have a voice on abortion policy in our state. It is a victory for a government of and by and for the people, and a victory for the protection of women and their unborn.

We are proud of the people of Tennessee who rejected the deceptive media messages against Amendment 1 paid for by millions of dollars from abortion providers both inside and outside of our state. The passage of Amendment 1 shows that thousands of citizens coming together on something about which they are passionate can accomplish something that money alone can’t buy.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional 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

David Responds on YouTube:

Watch David’s video comments about what Amendment 1 does for women and the unborn of Tennessee and what the legislature will need to do to ensure that a culture of life remains in our state:

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FACT President Responds to Supreme Court’s Refusal to Review Same-Sex Marriage

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (October 6, 2014) —The following statement can be attributed to David Fowler, the President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT):

We find it incredible that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused today to accept review of the marriage cases currently before it, while knowing that these cases present one of the most important social and cultural controversies in our lifetimes and, indeed, in all of American history.

But we know that time is not on the side of those who want to redefine marriage, as their temporary successes will only lead to a greater resolve by the majority of Americans who understand the real meaning and purpose of marriage to have their voices heard, especially as they see lower court judges continue to undermine the rule of law and erode their religious freedoms.

While the Supreme Court will not be considering the rulings by these federal circuit courts at this time, we are hopeful that the Court is merely waiting to see if the circuit courts wind up with differing opinions on the issue before it jumps in to issue a final opinion. In this regard, we continue to remain optimistic that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will, on the cases before it, issue an opinion that upholds the will of the people, including the 81% of Tennesseans who voted only eight short years ago in favor of recognizing marriage for what it is, the committed relationship between one man and one woman.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.

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

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FACT Responds to President’s Executive Order Regarding Federal Government Contractors

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (July 21, 2014) —David Fowler, President of The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT), issued a statement in response to President Obama issuing an executive order mandating that all federal contractors and subcontractors make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” a protected status in the workplace:

Today the President continued his assault on religious liberty by requiring many religiously-affiliated charitable organizations to embrace the homosexual lifestyle even if doing so violates their long-standing doctrinal positions regarding human sexuality.

The President’s executive order essentially imposes on religious organizations doing great humanitarian work the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that neither Democratic- nor Republican-controlled Congresses have chosen to enact since the mid-1990s. As a number of these religious organizations begin to discontinue their humanitarian efforts, those they serve will be hurt.

It is past time for our U.S. senators and representatives and all people of goodwill who respect the protections under the First Amendment and the Constitution’s assignment of the legislative functions to Congress to say, “Enough.”

Read the ENDA Fact Sheet

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good.

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