FULL TEXT OF THE MEASURE

IF MATERIAL IS UNDERSCORED, IT IS NEW MATERIAL WHICH IS BEING ADDED. IF MATERIAL IS OVERSTRUCK BY DASHES, THE MATERIAL IS BEING DELETED. IF MATERIAL IS NOT UNDERSCORED OR OVERSTRUCK, THE MATERIAL IS EXISTING LAW THAT IS NOT BEING CHANGED.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA:

SECTION 1. A new section to Article I of the Constitution of North Dakota is created and enacted as follows:

Government may not burden a person’s or religious organization’s religious liberty. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be burdened unless the government proves it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A burden includes indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.

Kibler Short Position Statement:

We should stand against Measure 3, and vote “no.”  The United States was largely founded upon the belief in the liberal exercise of religious freedom, and we have flourished because of it. Religious freedom is tantamount to personal freedom. But Measure 3 does not seek to protect religious freedom, but to use religion as a guise for infringing on the rights of others. Under Measure 3, a physician, for example, could refuse to treat a patient if that patient had in some way committed a blasphemy according to the religion of the doctor. In recent cases, doctors have cited religion as a reason for not treating a woman who identified as a Lesbian, because the patient’s identify did not accord with the religious beliefs of the doctor. Regardless of a doctor’s personal religious view of gays or lesbians or simply babies who want circumcision, private religious views do not trump the rule of law, which clearly state that everyone has a right to equal treatment under the law, and by extension, in life. We cannot use our religion as a means for discriminating against others.

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