The Georgia Family Council has joined rank with a dozen other social conservative groups across the country to lobby Congress for a legislative ban on internet gambling.

The group sent a letter this week to lawmakers asking they strengthen the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act “to ensure its clear intent that the Internet not become a giant online casino.”

“We must protect our children and families from the destruction of safeguards Congress has previously established,” the letter says, referring to the Justice Department’s recent interpretation that the law provides for in-state online gambling.

Almost uniformly bearing the word “family” in their names, the other anti-gambling organizations hail from Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

– James Richardson