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'Marriage and Religious Freedom Act' introduced in Senate

Catholic World News - December 18, 2013

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act in the Senate.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the House by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID).

“This bill protects the rights of individuals and organizations from religious discrimination by the federal government,” Lee, a Mormon, said in a statement. “Those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage deserve respect and tolerance. It is critical that we clarify the law to ensure that their fundamental civil liberties are not at risk.”

“The fact that this very important non-discrimination bill has now been introduced in the Senate is quite encouraging,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, who stated that the bill “would prohibit the federal government from discriminating against religious believers who hold to the timeless truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

“This Act, therefore, provides necessary protections,” he added. “Increasingly, state laws are being used to target individuals and organizations for discrimination simply because they act on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Such prejudice must not be allowed to spread to the federal government.”

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