The U.S. Senate just passed a bill called the “Respect for Marriage Act.”
Now don’t be fooled by the Orwellian language. This bill will go further than the Supreme Court did in its Obergefell decision of 2015.
There are a host of reasons to be concerned about this bill. Right now, I will highlight just one. Religious liberty.
Rights of religious freedom are absolutely threatened under the current form of this bill … and not by accident. Consider the statement Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee offered on Twitter. He said: “I offered to support the bill if the sponsors would include my amendment to prohibit the government from removing tax-exempt status based on religious beliefs about same-sex marriage … The sponsors adamantly refused even to consider that.” He then asked the question, “Why?”
The answer is simple: It is because your colleagues do not, did not, will not offer these protections, and that's the point.
The Senate should have rejected the “Respect for Marriage Act.”