‘Have the Courage to Protect’ Religious Freedom

Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee is urging the 12 Republican senators who voted for the so-called Respect for Marriage Act to oppose cloture on the laws until Lee’s modification is added to the invoice.

“The free train of faith is completely important to the well being of our Republic,” the senator wrote in a “Expensive Colleague” letter first obtained by The Daily Signal, signed by 20 of his Republican colleagues. “We should have the braveness to guard it.”

The letter is mainly directed on the twelve Republican lawmakers voted for advancing the Respect for Marriage Act, The Day by day Sign has discovered.

These Republicans are Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Shelley Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Todd Younger of Indiana. 

And it’s a transfer acknowledging that the battle over the Respect for Marriage Act is just not but over: Wednesday’s vote merely allowed the controversy over the invoice to maneuver ahead, and the lawmakers have but to interrupt the filibuster on the underlying invoice. The 12 who voted for the invoice nonetheless have an opportunity to reverse course.

Lee’s “Expensive Colleague” letter notes that Obergefell “didn’t make a personal proper of motion for aggrieved
people to sue those that oppose same-sex marriage” or “create a mandate for the Division of Justice to sue the place it perceived an establishment opposed same-sex marriage.”

“However the Respect for Marriage Act will,” the senator warned. “What we are able to anticipate ought to this invoice change into regulation is extra litigation towards these establishments and people making an attempt to reside in line with their sincerely held spiritual beliefs and ethical convictions.”

If Congress does resolve to “codify Obergefell and shield same-sex marriages,” because the laws proposes, Lee insisted that “we must always make explicitly clear that this laws doesn’t represent a nationwide coverage endorsing a selected view of marriage that threatens the tax exempt standing of faith-based non-profits.”

“As we transfer ahead, allow us to you should definitely preserve church buildings, spiritual charities, and non secular universities out of litigation within the first occasion,” the senator continued. “No American ought to face authorized harassment or retaliation from the federal authorities for holding sincerely held spiritual beliefs or ethical convictions.”

Lee emphasised that his amendment would “be sure that federal bureaucrats don’t take discriminatory
actions towards people, organizations, nonprofits, and different entities primarily based on their sincerely held spiritual beliefs or ethical convictions about marriage by prohibiting the denial or revocation of tax exempt standing, licenses, contracts, advantages, and so on.”

“It will affirm that people nonetheless have the precise to behave in line with their religion and deepest convictions even exterior of their church or residence,” the senator continued.

Lee’s modification has been praised by a slew of conservative leaders and commentators, together with Heritage Motion govt director Jessica Anderson, who stated Friday that it gives “important protections for spiritual freedom.” (The Day by day Sign is the information outlet of the Heritage Basis)

“Something lower than the Lee modification would give the Left one more alternative to drive their radical social agenda on the American individuals and punish organizations or people who don’t comply,” stated Anderson.

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