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US senator introduces religious freedom bill

US senator introduces religious freedom bill

This past week Utah Senator Mike Lee announced plans to introduce a religious freedom bill.

The conservative Republican’s proposal is called the First Amendment Defense Act.

Its co-sponsor is Idaho Representative Raul Labrador

‘The freedom to live and to act in accordance with the dictates of one’s conscience and religious convictions is integral to human flourishing, serving as the foundation upon which America has produced the most diverse, tolerant and stable society the world has ever known,’ he said in a statement according to the Deseret News.

The legislation (S.1598, H.R. 2802) would prevent federal agencies from blocking tax-exempt status to individuals, or businesses, who see marriage as the union between a man and woman.

The proposal has the support of three senators who presently are running for the White House: Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio.

All are opposed to marriage rights for LGBTI families.

In a statement, Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy called on Congress ‘to oppose this reckless and irresponsible legislation that has nothing to do with the First Amendment and everything to do with taxpayer-funded discrimination.’

In 2013, Lee introduced a similar bill that failed to pass.