Sen. Sinema to Receive Award from CFI for Advancement of Science and Reason in Public Policy

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2011
Contact: Michelle Blackley, Communications Director - (207) 358-9785

Amherst, NY-March 9, 2011-The Center for Inquiry(CFI) has announced it will present its Award for the Advancement of Science and Reason in Public Policy to Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix). The award recognizes legislators who support public policy based on scientific thinking, evidence, and reason while maintaining church-state separation and promoting civil rights. Sinema is receiving the award in recognition of her work to protect women’s rights and the separation of church and state, as well as for her support of LGBT rights, science-based sex education, and sound environmental policies. The award will be announced formally March 12, 2011, during a CFI-sponsored conference on “Fostering a Secular Society: Keep Religion Out of Government,” a day of lectures and discussions in Tucson, Arizona. (Senator Sinema will not be present March 12, but will receive the award in person at a later date.)

Senator Kyrsten SinemaSinema was elected to the Arizona Senate in November 2010 after serving three terms in the Arizona House of Representatives. She has worked on initiatives in Arizona and around the country for a number of years and in 2006 chaired Arizona Together, the first and only successful effort in the country to defeat a same-sex marriage ban ballot initiative. In 2008, she chaired Protect Arizona’s Freedom, the coalition that defeated Ward Connerly’s effort to place an initiative on the state ballot to eliminate equal opportunity programs.

“Senator Sinema’s efforts to support civil rights and to prevent religious doctrine from influencing public policy are confirmed by her advocacy both within and outside of the legislature and in her passion for reasonable laws,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI president & CEO. “She has a strong voice on both the state and national level and her legislative efforts are aligned with CFI’s mission.”

The award coincides with “Fostering a Secular Society: Keep Religion out of Government,” a day-long conference hosted by the CFI Institute and CFI-Southern Arizona, the local branch of the international organization, taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, at DuVal Auditorium at UMC, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ. The event will feature national and state leaders of secular organizations explaining what is at stake in promoting a secular society and updates from the front lines of the secular agenda, both legal and political. A dinner at Pastiche, 3025 N.Campbell Ave., will follow.

For more information, please contact Jerry Karches, coordinator, CFI–Southern Arizona, or 520-297-9919. For event details, please visit

The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit, educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York; CFI–Transnational is home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our web address

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at