FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2015, 7:00 PM
Contact: Kevin D. McGee, (907) 441-2137
NAACP says NO to “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”
NAACP responds to reports of Alaska Family Council president Jim Minnery’s advocacy for RFRA legislation in Alaska
ANCHORAGE: A recent report says that Alaska Family Council president Jim Minnery is calling for Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation here in Alaska. There has been widespread backlash to the Indiana law, even prompting many business leaders to speak out against the legislation.
The type of legislation passed in Indiana uses the guise of religious freedom to allow private businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens, and use religious beliefs as a legal defense for their discrimination.
“This type of legislation has no place in Alaska,” said Kevin McGee, 1st Vice President and Chairman, Political Action Committee. “Jim Minnery is doing Alaska a disservice by advocating for such hateful, bigoted, and misguided legislation. Because Alaska does not have its own standalone anti-discrimination law, we need to do everything in our power to block legislation like RFRAs. We have taken a lot of steps forward in the treatment of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, now is not the time to take a major step back.”