Those who oppose redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex are preparing for the U.S. Supreme Court to do just that.
Governors like Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana are committed to protecting Christians and others from government penalties if they refuse to participate in homosexual “marriages” or service “weddings.” Gov. Fallin signed a bill into law that protects clergy, and Gov. Jindal has vowed to keep fighting to protect the religious people of his state.
WORLD reports that at least two congressional lawmakers are being proactive. An excerpt:
On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which would prevent federal agencies from denying funds and services—such as a tax-exempt status, certifications, grants, or contracts—to individuals, organizations, and small businesses because of their religious convictions, especially in regard to marriage.
“Our bill ensures that the federal government does not penalize Americans for following their religious beliefs or moral convictions on traditional marriage,” Labrador said. “Our bill shields against federal intrusion without taking anything away from anyone.”
Conservative groups have urged Congress to pass the bill, but, even with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, the bill may face a tough road and a likely veto by President Barack Obama if it does pass.
The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins noted that President Barack Obama switched sides (for political expediency, no doubt).
“No person or nonprofit should lose tax-exempt status, face disqualification, lose a professional license, or be punished by the federal government simply for believing what President Obama believed just three years ago, that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” he told WORLD.
We’re supposed to have religious freedom already, but that right erodes as homosexuals gain special rights. The First Amendment Defense Act will remind the president and the courts why the Constitution exists.