Congressman John Yarmuth Endorses Marsy's Law For Kentucky
CONGRESSMAN JOHN YARMUTH ENDORSES MARSY’S LAW FOR KENTUCKY
Yarmuth encourages voters to support constitutional amendment for crime victims’ rights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 9, 2018) – Marsy’s Law for Kentucky is proud to receive the endorsement of Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03), encouraging voters to support the constitutional amendment appearing on the ballot this November. Yarmuth joins thousands of elected officials, Kentucky voters, organizations, and advocates who are enthusiastically vouching for Marsy’s Law’s passage.
“No one chooses to be a crime victim, but when Kentuckians find themselves in that position, I want to ensure they are taken care of and provided the equal rights they deserve,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “We must do more for our crime victims.”
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 would 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, among others.
“We’re very honored to have Congressman Yarmuth’s support for Marsy’s Law. He respects the struggles faced by our community’s disadvantaged - including crime victims - and to have his support is incredibly meaningful,” said Ashlea Christiansen, the campaign’s state director.
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 45,000 Kentuckians have also 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.