Codifying Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 3, 2022   

Endangering religious freedom

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This week, The U.S. Senate passed a deceptive bill that could threaten the religious liberty of Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb takes a closer look at a bill that may soon become law.

On Tuesday night, The upper chamber of Congress passed by a vote of 61 to 36 what is called "The Respect for Marriage Act." 

The pernicious bill sped through the Senate in large part due to 12 Republican senators who joined Democrats in supporting it.

Four of those Senators are Catholic, namely, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

The same night, the Senate shot down multiple amendments to the bill that were aimed at defending religious Americans.

The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will give a final vote on the bill early next week, after which it will land on the desk of sham-Catholic Joe Biden — who has promised to sign it into law.

The bill will repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, forcing states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and granting gay couples Medicare and Social Security.

Beyond that, the legislation will open the door for the government to scrutinize nonprofit institutions that hold religious values.

A senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom warned Church Militant of the danger.

Greg Baylor, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom:

The bill requires those who are "acting under color of state law" to recognize same-sex marriage. I know that's some kind of legal terminology, but that phrase "acting under color of state law," it obviously refers to state governments themselves, but it goes beyond that. It reaches private, nongovernmental and even religious organizations that work closely with government.

Due to the vague language, the bill will also open the floodgates for lawsuits against religious institutions — such as foster and adoption agencies — for believing marriage is between a man and a woman.

The policy director for American Principles Project, Jon Schweppe, predicted that "there are going to be religious believers who will have their lives destroyed because of this bill."

Bishop Robert Barron, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Conference's Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, had this to say: "We are gravely disappointed that the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate ... [T]his bill will only contribute to the diminishment of the sacredness and integrity of marriage in our society."

With this bill on its way to becoming law, the radical Left no doubt will be encouraged in its war on the cornerstones of society, marriage and the family.

Many American voters see the 12 Republicans who supported the bill as traitors to their constituents for caving to the extreme gay agenda.

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