WDC MEDIA NEWS
Christian News and Media Agency
September 22, 2006
Initiatives to counter eminent domain
ruling on several November ballots
(AgapePress) — The president of a pro-family group in Michigan says concerned Christian voters in his state have a chance to limit local governments from condemning homes and churches for private development projects.
Michigan is one of six states that will have proposed constitutional amendments limiting eminent domain on their November ballots. In the Kelo decision last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that municipalities have the right to condemn homes, businesses, and churches to make way for private development projects.
Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan, says the initiative to counter that ruling has broad support. “Everybody from Center for Law & Policy [legal arm of the American Family Association] to the National Council of Churches to the NAACP has spoken out against this outrageous decision,” says Glenn.