Friday Five: NC Values at the NCGOP, farmers banned from selling fruit, & more

1. Will you be at the NCGOP convention this weekend? Join us!

We wanted to personally invite you to swing by the Salt & Light Hospitality Suite, a family friendly, Christ-centered space for faith and fellowship, while you are at the convention. The NC Values Coalition is a Platinum Level Sponsor for the suite, and we want to hear from you on issues of concern as you are doing the important work of leading the Republican Party in North Carolina.

The Salt & Light Hospitality Suite will feature food and beverages that align with your values and guest speakers that will encourage you in your political leadership. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is expected to stop by the Suite on Saturday, so I know you won’t want to miss the opportunity to thank him for his leadership! (Click here to learn more)


2. City bans farmer from selling fruits for his views on marriage.

The Tennes family in Michigan have filed suit against the City of East Lansing MI for cutting off their ability to sell their produce from their local farm at the City's farmer's market. The City cites the Tennes families' policy of acting on their religious beliefs about marriage and refusing to allow their farm to be rented for same-sex weddings as the reason. Besides the unconstitutional discrimination against their views on marriage, the City has no jurisdiction over the farm, which lies 22 miles outside the city. This case, filed on behalf of the Tennes family by the Alliance Defending Freedom will be a test of First Amendment freedoms to exercise religious beliefs without fear of punishment by the government. (Read more)


3. NBA reverses course in North Carolina, dumps LGBTQ stance against game ban.

The NBA reverses course and returns to NC with All Star game in 2018. This has angered gay rights activists at Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign who want the NBA to continue its economic boycott against NC. (Read more)


4. Planned Parenthood's annual report: Abortions are up, prenatal care is down.

"The newly released 2015–2016 Planned Parenthood Federation of America annual report shows that in terms of pregnancy outcomes, Planned Parenthood’s nearly exclusive focus on abortion continues. In 2015–16 the group carried out more than 328,000 abortions, an increase over the previous year and a figure that is one of the few “services” not to show decline. Meanwhile the provision of prenatal care sagged below 10,000 women, a reduction of more than 75 percent from 2009. Adoption referrals rose, but reported numbers are below 2,900. Unborn children identified at PPFA affiliate clinics still have a lower than 4 percent chance of emerging alive." (Read more)


5. EVENT: Annual Day at the Capital

The Annual Day at the Capital is less than a week away! We're joining Concerned Women for America and other patriots to visit our legislators and share with them the issues and legislation we care about.

I can't over-communicate how important it is for legislators to hear from you in person. Time and again, legislators tell me that hearing from their constituents is one of the most meaningful and important engagements we can make.

Are you free next Wednesday? Could you join us as we kick-off our Summer of Witnessing by telling our legislators to defend our values? If so, you can register online by visiting the online registration link.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.