In order to encourage Texas Baptists to participate in the democratic process, the CLC works at the Capitol to bring a biblical perspective to public policy, provides resources and encourages Texas Baptists to engage in informed advocacy on public policy issues affecting their churches and communities.

Kathryn Freeman

Director of Public Policy, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288

Our First Freedom: What You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

By John Litzler

Religious liberty is a bedrock American freedom, but a number of legal issues related to this freedom are being sorted out in the courts and news media today.

In some ways, the Supreme Court’s landmark 2015 Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States raised more questions than it provided answers. In its opinion the Court concluded that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and also said “the First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faith.” What happens when these two liberties appear at odds with one another?

One example of this conflict between freedoms occurred in both California and Colorado. In each place, a same-sex couple, exercising their right to marry, sought to hire a baker to create a cake for the couple’s wedding and in each case the baker declined asserting that the baker’s religious beliefs prevented the baker from making a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage... [continue]

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Each session, the Christian Life Commission puts forth Public Policy Priorities. We also provide End of Session Reports from past sessions. Learn more about our goals for the 85th Legislative session. Learn more...


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Each Legislative Session, the CLC convenes a group of pastors, lay leaders and students in Austin to learn more about the pressing policy challenges facing our state and meet with their elected officials. Learn more...