The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa Senate passed SF 427 32-17 yesterday that now extends civil rights protections to homosexual, lesbian, and transgender persons. One of my major concerns with this bill is that is does not make an exception for religious organizations that are not considered a church or a school, organizations like SOY, Youth for Christ, and Hope Ministries. If this bill passes the Iowa House it will be signed into law by Governor Culver. Christian organizations (ones that are not churches or schools) will then be forced to consider hiring homosexual employees who apply and approve homosexual volunteers which would compromise our mission.
The last chance to stop this legislation is with the Iowa House. Pleasecontact your representative. If you have time contact them all. Best yet, if you have a chance, go to the Statehouse to lobby your representative. The members of the Iowa House need to hear from us!
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Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm. Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings. He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought-after speaker and pulpit fill-in. Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.
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