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Supreme Court marriage ruling may threaten religious freedoms

By Jonathan Imbody | June 18, 2015

Excerpted from "Eyeing Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case, Mike Lee Unveils Bill Protecting Religious Schools," The Daily Signal, June 3, 2015 - In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from “discriminating” against faith-based institutions.

To address the concern that religious institutions may lose their tax-exempt status if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage later this month, the Utah Republican plans to introduce legislation next week that would ban that from happening.

The 2013 [version of the] Marriage and Religious Freedom Act prohibits the federal government from taking “an adverse action against a person,” when they act on a religious belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. In light of the Supreme Court’s gay marriage case, Lee says the issue poses a real “threat” to religious institutions.

“These threats tend to emerge most when government expands its footprint,” Lee said. “We need to draw lines around the power of government.”


Jonathan ImbodyCMA VP for Government Relations Jonathan Imbody: “The U.S. Supreme Court will rule this month on two legal questions with tremendous cultural implications: Is same-sex marriage a constitutional right? Must natural marriage states recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states?

“If the Court short-circuits the democratic process (the people of 31 states have passed constitutional amendments to protect natural marriage) and mandates same-sex marriage nationwide, the result will be a reprise of the division and turmoil caused by the Court's infamous Roe v. Wade abortion ruling.

“The Court's 1973 abortion ruling did not change what abortion really is—the medicalized killing of a developing baby. Nor did it change scriptural mandates to honor human life.

“The Court's 2015 marriage decision will not change what marriage really is—a consensual, exclusive and lifelong commitment between one man and one woman, expressed in a physical union uniquely designed to produce and nurture children. Nor will the ruling change the teaching of Jesus, who said, “‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5, NASB).

“A Supreme Court same-sex marriage mandate, however, would severely undermine two fundamental truths which, when recognized, have provided foundational protection for societies: (1) Children thrive with a mom and a dad, and (2) nations thrive with religious freedom.

“During oral arguments at the Court, President Obama's Solicitor General admitted that a same-sex marriage mandate would threaten the status of religious objectors, notably Christian schools. But schools are just the tip of the iceberg. Health professionals stand to experience intense new legal pressures and professional penalties designed to coerce conformity to the new normal.

“A government intolerant of dissent may target any individual or groups that speak out for or counsel others toward reserving sex for natural marriage, deeming us guilty of discrimination or ‘hate speech’ and subjecting us to the strong arm of the State. Get ready.”


  1. Arm yourself with two books that will help you to communicate effectively regarding marriage and other controversial issues:
  2. Stay tuned for the imminent introduction of Sen. Mike Lee's bill to protect freedom of faith and conscience with regard to natural marriage. CMDA will provide an easy-to-use tool with which to contact your legislators to urge support of this important bill.

CMDA Statements on homosexuality, same-sex "marriage", and marriage. – CMDA's one-stop source on freedom of faith, conscience and speech

CMDA and coalition letter urging Congress to protect religious freedom regarding natural marriage

Senator Mike Lee speech June 11 - "Conserving Religious Liberty For All"

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