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Traditional marriage is under attack and Republicans are leading the charge.
The Respect For Marriage Act has already passed in the House – with the support of 47 Republicans.
The bill would codify same-sex marriage and in doing so would put a target on every Christian church in America.
From the Washington Post:
The Respect for Marriage Act would require that people be considered married in any state as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed. The bill would also repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and allowed states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. That law has remained on the books despite being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.Washington Post
Senator Mike Lee of Utah warned that the bill as written could remove tax-exempt status for religious organizations who oppose same-sex marriage.
He offered an amendment to protect churches, but sponsors refused to consider his concerns.
Even more alarming is that a number of Senate Republicans are supporting the bill.
Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Thomas Tillis of North Carolina and Rob Portman of Ohio have joined Democrats to sponsor the bill.
“The Respect for Marriage Act is a needed step to provide millions of loving couples in same-sex and interracial marriages the certainty that they will continue to enjoy the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities afforded to all other marriages,” Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said in a joint statement Monday.
The Mormons have also endorsed the proposed legislation.
The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged.
We are grateful for the continuing efforts of those who work to ensure the Respect for Marriage Act includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
We believe this approach is the way forward. As we work together to preserve the principles and practices of religious freedom together with the rights of LGBTQ individuals, much can be accomplished to heal relationships and foster greater understanding.
Aside from losing tax exempt status there are grave concerns that Christian business owners could face even more attacks.Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The number of wedding vendors who have been sued by gay activists is off the charts.
And the proposed law could unleash a horde of LGBT activists who want to punish Christians for their beliefs.
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