Religious Organizations Support Religious Freedom Protections in the Baldwin-Collins Amendment
November 15, 2022
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515
Re: The Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404)
We are leaders of faith-based organizations representing tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of religious institutions. All our organizations hold to an understanding of marriage as between one man and one woman. Many of us privately expressed concerns about the House-passed version of the Respect for Marriage Act.
We are gratified by the substitute religious freedom language offered by Senators Collins, Baldwin, Sinema, Portman, Tillis, and Romney. It adequately protects the core religious freedom concerns raised by the bill, including tax exempt status, educational funding, government grants and contracts, and eligibility for licenses, certification, and accreditation. If passed, it would continue to build on the congressional wisdom represented by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).
Attached are many statements from individual organizations.
Elder Jack N. Gerard
The Quorum of the Seventy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Director of Government Affairs
Seventh-day Adventist Church – North American Division
Nathan J. Diament
Executive Director for Public Policy
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Rev. Justin E. Giboney
Founder and Senior Director
Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
Center for Public Justice
1st Amendment Partnership
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