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The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act protects religious liberty
Lifesite News ^ | 9-26-13 | Ryan T. Anderson

Posted on 09/26/2013 7:17:51 PM PDT by ReformationFan

Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives that would prevent the federal government from discriminating against citizens and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) was introduced by Representative Raul Labrador (R–ID) and over 60 other original co-sponsors from both political parties.

The bill is an important step for conscience protection. Government policy should respect those who stand for marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Even in jurisdictions that have redefined marriage, those who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman should be free to live in accord with their moral and religious convictions.

But in a growing number of incidents, government has not left these Americans free. Last month, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a photographer’s right to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even though doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs as a Christian.

Christian adoption and foster care agencies have been forced to stop providing those services because they object to placing children in same-sex households. Other cases include a baker, a florist, a bed-and-breakfast, a t-shirt company, a student counselor, the Salvation Army, and more.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; anderson; commonsense; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; marriage; moralabsolutes; religiousfreedom; religiousliberty; ryantanderson
It's sad that common sense has so disappeared from our society that such a law would be needed but I'm glad some effort is at least being attempted to restore religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
1 posted on 09/26/2013 7:17:51 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Take note of the names who oppose this law.

2 posted on 09/26/2013 7:19:18 PM PDT by Viennacon
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New Mexico judges violated Section 1 of the 14th Amendment (14A), imo, when they applied PC interpretations of equal protections clauses in both federal and state constitutions to so-called gay rights issues. Section 1 of 14A prohibits the states from making laws which abridge constitutionally enumerated rights, religious expression in this case. Note that the states have never amended the Constitution to expressly protect so-called gay rights.

And although I am not fully sold on the bill because I haven’t seen it yet, it would appear that Congress is properly exercising the power that the states delegated to Congress in Section 5 of 14A, to make laws which enforce constitutionally enumerated protections.

3 posted on 09/26/2013 8:42:13 PM PDT by Amendment10
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