Congressman Brett Guthrie Endorses Marsy's Law for Kentucky
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May 11, 2018
Katherine Kington North
CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE ENDORSES MARSY’S LAW FOR KENTUCKY
Guthrie encourages voters to support constitutional amendment for crime victims’ rights
Bowling Green, Ky. (May 11, 2018) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is proud to receive the endorsement of Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02). The constitutional amendment is also supported by hundreds of other groups and individuals across the Commonwealth. Congressman Guthrie joins Marsy’s Law for Kentucky in encouraging all voters to support the constitutional amendment on the ballot in in November.
“Standing up for the vulnerable in our community has been one of my pillars in Congress, and will continue to be,” said Guthrie. “From fighting human trafficking and the exploitation of children to lending my voice to fight for equal rights for crime victims, I am confident that we are building a better Kentucky and nation for the next generation. I encourage Kentuckians to vote ‘YES’ to the Marsy’s Law amendment in November.”
Kentucky is one of only 16 states without constitutional-level rights for victims of crime. If adopted by Kentucky voters this November, Marsy’s Law will amend the state's constitution to ensure crime victims have the right to a voice in the judicial process, the right to be present in judicial hearings and the right to be made aware of upcoming hearings or changes in their offenders’ status.
“Marsy’s Law is immensely grateful to Cong. Guthrie for his passion for ensuring crime victims are treated fairly in Kentucky,” said Ashlea Christiansen, the campaign’s state director. “Kentuckians want to provide victims of crime with the same level of rights as the accused. Thousands of Kentuckians and hundreds of organizations are behind this movement to pass Marsy’s Law for Kentucky in 2018!”
Marsy’s Law has received endorsements from a broad, diverse coalition of Kentucky law enforcement, victims’ rights groups, elected officials and other organizations. The full list is available here. Nearly 40,000 Kentuckians have pledged their support for Marsy’s Law. It was the first bill to pass the Kentucky General Assembly this year, doing so with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
About Marsy’s Law for Kentucky
Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is an advocate-driven effort to incorporate a victims’ bill of rights in the state constitution. Kentucky is one of only 16 states that does not provide crime victims with constitutional-level protections. To learn more or if you would like to sign the petition and add your “purple pin” to the map, you can do so here. Those wishing to join the coalition can do so here. Please visit www.marsyslaw.us, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.