“While we all have experienced change since my first fair, some things remain the same. The Kentucky State Fair has always been a place to celebrate our heritage, our diversity and our love for this great state.” –Freddy Farm Bureau, Aug. 1, 2017
Freddy Farm Bureau, I’ve loved you since I was young, but you’re full of fresh manure.
I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to find out Freddy and the folks at Kentucky Farm Bureau had been peddling anti-LGBTQ policies for decades. Perhaps like you, I was in disbelief when I heard the Kentucky Farm Bureau—an insurance company—promoted discriminatory policies that were not just anti-LGBTQ, but anti-union, anti-teacher, anti-choice, and pro-death penalty.
Why would an insurance company have such policies? Surely they’re not in print somewhere?
Turns out, they are, which the U.S. Postal Service proves to me year after year when I find a copy of their prejudiced platform in my mailbox each summer.
The policy booklet the Kentucky Farm Bureau doesn’t want you to see is some 90-odd pages of 6-point font positions they send to legislators every year, but not the 475,000 Kentucky families who have paid into them.
Turns out, if you have Kentucky Farm Bureau insurance, you pay an automatic premium to also be a member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, KFB’s ultra-conservative lobbying arm. Last year, they spent nearly $140,000 trying to influence Kentucky’s General Assembly.
Among their many surprising stances are these gems:
- The institution of marriage should only be recognized as the legal union of a man and a woman. (p.13)
- We are opposed to any state-supported agency providing benefits to “domestic” partners. (p.14)
- We strongly believe in the value of all individuals both born and unborn. (p.14)
- We strongly oppose teacher strikes. We oppose legislation that mandates collective bargaining for public school employees. (p.63)
- Alternative lifestyles should not be taught in public schools. (p.64)
- We support the enactment of right-to- work legislation. (p. 79)
- We oppose an increase in the minimum hourly wage. (p.79)
- We recommend the federal prevailing wage law be repealed when dealing with government contracts. (p.79)
- We strongly oppose any mandate that would require any government entities to recognize and collectively bargain with employee unions. (p.79)
- Furthermore, we oppose public employees being permitted to strike, organize work stoppage or slow-downs. (p.79)
- We oppose unionization of farmers and farm laborers. (p.79)
- We support capital punishment. (p.92)
As you might have guessed, most Kentucky Farm Bureau insurance holders have no idea their insurance premiums are going to fund high-paid powerful lobbyists in Frankfort pushing an arch-conservative agenda that doesn’t represent Kentucky, its families, or its farming community.
Kentucky Farm Bureau counts on that. They don’t want you to know. It’s why they had us arrested at their Country Ham Breakfast two years ago. (ACLU of KY Video)
You don’t have to take my word for it—take it from Freddy Farm Bureau himself. You can download the full policy booklet they don’t want you to see by clicking here.
If you’re a Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance holder (or even if you’re not), call your local KFB representative and tell them how you feel about their policies. Ask them when their next meeting is and show up. Tweet Freddy Farm Bureau @FreddyFB and tell him how disappointed you are.
We won’t stop until Kentucky Farm Bureau does, and we won’t let them pretend “KFB loves KY,” as they proudly proclaimed in a PR stunt at last year’s ham breakfast to unveil their new slogan. We all know that KFB breaks KY’s heart.
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