How the “Respect for Marriage Act” Will Hurt Religious Liberty
The so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” would establish and expand the wrongly decided Obergefell ruling.
John StonestreetHeather Peterson
Last week, more than 80 organizations—including the Colson Center, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Focus on the Family—sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The purpose was “to denounce . . . the so-called ‘Respect for Marriage Act, ‘in the strongest possible terms.”
The letter outlined three problems with this legislation.
First, the act would require recognition of any state definition of marriage, making possible options such as polygamous or open marriages. This would sacrifice the well-being of children for adult happiness.
Second, the act sets up religious organizations and businesses to be sued for upholding that marriage is between a man and a woman. So, religious foster agencies, social service organizations, and other organizations and businesses contracted with the government could expect to be targeted.
Third, this legislation could threaten the tax-exempt status of non-profits that believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” would establish and expand the wrongly decided Obergefell ruling. If you care about religious liberty and children, please contact your senator today.
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