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)

Dear Senators:

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

Melissa Reid

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

Shirley Hoogstra


Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Rev. Justin E. Giboney


AND Campaign

Stanley Carlson-Thies

Founder and Senior Director

Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

Stephanie Summers


Center for Public Justice

Tim Schultz


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