Sen. Mike Lee Warns Supreme Court Ruling on Homosexual Marriage Could Cause Religious Institutions to Lose Tax-Exempt Status

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)

As the Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling on same-sex marriage, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is calling on Congress to protect the freedoms of religious institutions.

During oral arguments in the historic same-sex marriage case — Obergfell v. Hodges — Lee said he was troubled by answers Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing in favor of same-sex marriage on behalf of the Obama administration, gave when asked if the government could revoke a religious institution’s tax-exempt status if the court legalizes gay marriage.

“I don’t deny that,” Verrilli said. “It is ­­going to be an issue.”
Lee said he is planning to introduce a new iteration of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act he introduced last session.

The bill will have a new name and contain new language to ban the federal government from taking any adverse actions against individuals or institutions based on their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

“It’s making good on a statement Obama made on the Windsor case,” he said

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SOURCE: The Hill
Lydia Wheeler

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