Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Women’s and Children’s Rights. LGBTQ+ Rights. Wisconsin v. Yoder.

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Why Invest?

We are taught that we are Amish, not American.

We educate Amish women (inside and outside the Church) about their rights and responsibilities as US citizens.


Why This Is Important


As children, we are taught that we are Amish, not American. Under Amish law, we are required to stay separated from the rest of the world, including not exercising our rights as US citizens if those rights conflict with Amish law.

Women and children literally have no rights under Amish law.


What the Supreme Court Says


Even the US Supreme Court agrees with the Amish Church in Wisconsin v. Yoder that Amish children “must acquire Amish attitudes favoring manual work … and the specific skills needed to perform the adult role of an Amish farmer or housewife.”

As a result, most individuals who exit the community don’t know that they even have rights as US citizens or what those rights are. Some aren’t even sure what country they live in.

We Are LGBTQ+ Welcoming

AHF is a safe place for LGBTQ+ people and their supporters to be their full selves. We welcome Amish and all other Anabaptist-origin LGBTQ+ people. Many organizations and individuals are condemning of LGBTQ+ people and anyone who is LGBTQ+ welcoming. Homophobia and bigotry is particularly a problem among the Amish/Anabaptists, including those who have left the Amish Church and joined other churches.

“The Amish Heritage Foundation has provided me with life-changing emotional support, influence and guidance. I don’t feel so alone anymore.”

Amish Female College Student

“When I escaped, I didn’t even know if I had a birth certificate. The Amish Heritage Foundation helped me get documented right away, so I could get a job and be recognized as an American citizen.”

18-year-old Amish Male

“If it weren’t for The Amish Heritage Foundation and their loving and dedicated staff, we would never have been able to stand up to the abuse inside our church. We would have just given up.”

Practicing Amish Wife & Husband

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