Coalition Applauds Governor Little’s Leadership to Promote Family Prosperity in Idaho 

The Protect Idaho Families Coalition supports the Governor’s decision to sign House Bills 500 and 509 into law. We recognize that the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act and the Idaho Vital Statistics Act are vital to the protection of every individual and family in our state.  

“We are excited to see Idaho is going in a direction that protects all families,” said Blaine Conzetti, Policy Analyst for the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “House Bill 500 and 509, along with many bills this session, support strong values that are important for all families to thrive in our state. As a Coalition, we see family as the core unit of society and any action taken to support this strengthens our state’s foundation.” 

“Biological sex matters and is important to the health and safety of all of us,” said Amanda Penrod, spokeswoman for the Madison Liberty Institute. “When we choose to support accurate vital statistics, we are choosing to support everyone in Idaho, from insurance companies and medical professionals to law enforcement, churches, and sports teams by giving them language to effectively communicate about and enact policy based on biological differences. When facts are changed on birth certificates, then those records would become fraudulent and ‘male’ and ‘female’ become void of meaning.” 

“We are grateful to the Governor and the many legislators that chose to support these bills,” said Christian Welp, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. “We know that this was a hard decision to make and we commend our elected officials for choosing to do the right thing. We know that choosing to support family-centered policy will strengthen our state for decades to come.” 

Biological sex, either male or female, is an immutable and valuable characteristic of an individual and is the only reliable basis for public policy. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (House Bill 500) and the Idaho Vital Statistics Act (House Bill 509) were signed into law by Governor Brad Little of Idaho on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The Protect Idaho Families Coalition is a statewide coalition representing a variety of religious views and professional expertise, that stand united in a common commitment to safeguarding the institution of the family in Idaho. We hope to promote and raise the level of respectful dialogue about the values so many Idahoans hold dear. We support government action which promotes or supports the sanctity of life, the strengthening of virtue and innocence, traditional marriage, and the family, parental roles, or the innate male/female characteristics of individuals. Primary participants include the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, the Madison Liberty Institute, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise


The Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family, and part of a vibrant national alliance of pro-family state groups. As a Christ-centered organization, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. 

The Madison Liberty Institute is an independent research and educational organization whose mission is to promote the founding principles of the American republic, free-market solutions, and “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Our vision is for a freer, more prosperous future — one where our neighbors and future leaders understand and champion the virtues and institutions that create a more harmonious society and protect our rights to life, liberty, property, conscience, and the pursuit of happiness. 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise is an ecclesiastical territory of the Roman Catholic Church for the state of Idaho. It is led by Bishop Peter F. Christensen, M.A., D.D. who serves as the pastor of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Boise.