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Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor

In a formal ceremony on Jan. 9, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation naming Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day in Iowa.

A group of interfaith leaders were on hand to witness the event and discuss the importance of safeguarding religious liberties for people of all faiths or backgrounds.

Branstad is no stranger to supporting the role of faith in the public square, having marched with Catholics in 2012 during the Fortnight of Freedom and having made public statements in support of religious freedom. However, this is the first time he has officially established a day to recognize the role of faith in Iowa’s society.

Read more in the 1/16 edition of the Waverly Democrat.