Focus on the Family Drops Push for 'Religious Freedom' Ballot Measure in Colo.

May 8, 2012 — An official with Focus on the Family on Friday said the conservative Christian advocacy group will withdraw a Colorado ballot measure (Initiative 78) that purports to ban government interference with the religious freedom of an individual or organization, the Denver Post reports.

The initiative was submitted to the Colorado Legislative Council on March 7 by the Alliance Defense Fund and Focus on the Family Senior Vice President Tom Minnery, according to the Post. Minnery said at the time that ballot measure was in response to multiple incidents involving the government interfering with religion or excluding religious individuals and organizations.

The proposed initiative, which would have amended the state constitution, stated that the government could not directly or indirectly burden a person or group by denying benefits, assessing penalties, or excluding them from government programs or facilities because of their religious beliefs, according to the Post.

Focus on the Family withdrew a similar proposal in 2010. Minnery said the group will consider trying again in 2014 or pushing legislative action next year (Draper, Denver Post, 5/4).