Freedom of Religion: First Amendment Defense Act

Freedom of Religion: First Amendment Defense Act

First Amendment Defense Act

There are so many Republicans in the hunt for the White House this election cycle.

And now, here’s one issue that could help you decide for whom to cast your vote, as these few big names are supporting the true definition of marriage …

Garth Kant

freedom-religionThe defense is the First Amendment Defense Act that would preserve tax-exemptions, grants and the like for religious institutions, such as churches and religiously affiliated schools, that define marriage as between a man and a woman. It was recently introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and in the House by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Not only does Cruz support an amendment, he has proposed one. Cruz and Lee introduced the State Marriage Defense Act in February. It would allow states to adopt their own definitions of marriage, blocking the federal government from applying one definition across the country.

When he introduced the bill in February, Cruz said, “I support traditional marriage, and we should reject attempts by the Obama administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states.”

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc.

“As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage,” said Walker after Friday’s ruling by the Supreme Court.

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

Jindal supported an amendment to the Constitution that would enable state legislatures to outlaw same-sex marriage back in January, when he told ABC News, “If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our (Louisiana’s) constitutional amendment – I hope they wouldn’t do that – if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making … a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage.”

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.

Huckabee is not on record as for or against an amendment, but a spokeswoman told WND that he “leans toward supporting a constitutional amendment in support of traditional marriage,” and that he will address the issue on Tuesday.

Marriage amendment

Cruz’s “State Marriage Defense Act of 2015″ has 14 co-sponsors in the Senate, including Lee, but not including presidential candidates Paul and Rubio.

The summary of the bill says it:

“Prohibits, for purposes of determining the meaning of any Act of Congress or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of U.S. administrative bureaus and agencies as applied with respect to individuals domiciled in a state or in any other territory or possession of the United States: (1) the term ‘marriage’ from including any relationship that the state, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage; and (2) the term ‘spouse’ from including an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that state, territory, or possession.”

Religious liberty bill

Lee told WND his legislation is meant to guarantee religious liberties.

On Monday, he wrote that his “First Amendment Defense Act” “would prevent any agency from denying a federal tax exemption, grant, contract, accreditation, license, or certification to an individual or institution for acting on their religious belief that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.”

It has 21 co-sponsors in the Senate, including Cruz and Rubio.

The House version, introduced by Labrador, has 69 co-sponsors.

2 thoughts on “Freedom of Religion: First Amendment Defense Act”

  1. Thank you for your comment. Further study of the constitution will show you that the constitution says nothing about marriage at all. It is not given to the federal government to control social experimentation. The tenth amendment tells you that those powers not specified to the federal government is allocated to the states. Therefore marriage issues and cultural issues should be addressed only by the states. The first amendment does forbid the federal government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion, which is happening to Christians through the actions of unelected activist judges.

  2. I have no issue with defending traditional marriage. However, restricting the rights of same sex couples to get married violates the 1st and 14th Amendments.

Comments are closed.