Congress urged to protect tax exemptions of groups opposed to same-sex marriage
July 07, 2015
Attorneys general from 15 states urged Congress to protect the tax-exempt status of religious organizations opposed to same-sex marriage.
“As the chief legal officers of our States, we are concerned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may deny tax-exempt status to religious organizations following the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges,” the 15 said in a July 2 letter to House and Senate leaders.
Under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, citizens have the right to exercise their religion freely without government pressure to change their minds or penalties for unpopular beliefs. The US Solicitor General recently indicated, however, that the federal government might decide based on Obergefell that certain religious organizations no longer qualify as tax-exempt organizations under the Internal Revenue Code and also that contributions to these organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions. We take very seriously the religious freedom of our States’ citizens and believe that Congress should take action now to preclude the IRS from targeting religious groups in this way.
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