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Bishops welcome proposed Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

Catholic World News - September 23, 2013

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the US bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, have welcomed the introduction of the 'Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the House of Representatives.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), a Mormon, would “bar the federal government from discriminating against individuals and organizations based upon their religiously-motivated belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage,” the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explained.

“The Act would prohibit the federal government from denying or revoking a nonprofit entity's tax-exempt status,” according to the USCCB. “It would also prohibit the federal government from denying or excluding an individual or organization from a federal grant, contract, or employment. Indeed, the Act would bar any discrimination by the federal government against individuals or organizations based upon their religious belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”

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