EXCLUSIVE: Mike Lee Urges GOP Senators Who Voted for Radical Marriage Invoice: ‘Have the Braveness to Defend’ Free Train of Faith

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 except 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 “Pricey Colleague” letter first obtained by The Each day Sign, signed by 20 of his Republican colleagues. “We will need to 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 Each day Sign has realized.

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 will not be 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 “Pricey 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.”

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“However the Respect for Marriage Act will,” the senator warned. “What we are able to count on ought to this invoice change into regulation is extra litigation towards these establishments and people attempting to stay in accordance with their sincerely held non secular beliefs and ethical convictions.”

If Congress does determine to “codify Obergefell and defend 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 specific view of marriage that threatens the tax exempt standing of faith-based non-profits.”

“As we transfer ahead, allow us to be sure you maintain church buildings, non secular charities, and spiritual 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 non secular beliefs or ethical convictions.”

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

“It might affirm that people nonetheless have the suitable to behave in accordance 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 mentioned Friday that it gives “important protections for non secular freedom.” (The Each day Sign is the information outlet of the Heritage Basis)

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

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