Saturday, December 28, 2013

Senator Mike Lee Sponsors Bill Preventing the IRS from Punishing Churchs for Refusing Gay Weddings -- Even Though No Church Is Forced to Marry Any Couple Regardless of Gay or Straight!

Senator Mike Lee (R) of Utah introduced a bill called the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act," which would prevent the IRS from denying tax-exempt status to any person or group that refuses to perform gay marriages -- because absolutely zero churches and/or religious officials have lost their tax-exempt status for refusing to officiate at the weddings of gay and lesbian couples (or any couple, for that matter) during the past decade of same-sex marriage in America:
"What we're talking about here is the freedom of religious belief, the freedom of a church, for example, to adhere to its own religious doctrine so that it cannot be discriminated against by the government," the Utah Republican said in an interview with Newsmax.

Lee said the federal government's failure to protect religious liberty — citing Obamacare mandates for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs — was a key motivation for him to introduce the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act," which protects clergy from being punished if they refuse to perform gay marriages.

"This is something that the overwhelming majority of Americans would support and the overwhelming majority of Americans would be disappointed if they discovered Congress would be unwilling to pass something like this," Lee said.
On the other hand, we have seen social and political conservatives trying to outright ban willing chaplains from having the option of officiating at the weddings of same-sex couples. We have had clergy defrocked for officiating at the same-sex weddings of friends and family members. We have had clergy defrocked for simply attending same-sex weddings.

But this bill is needed because of some nonexistent threat that gays will force Catholic priests to marry them.

The "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" has the support of groups such as the National Organization for Marriage, Heritage Action, Concerned Woman for America, and the Family Research Council.

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