The U.S. Solicitor General gave the following testimony during the Supreme Court hearings in the Obergefell v. Hodges case:
WILL COLLEGES LOSE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS IF THEY BELIEVE MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN 1 MAN & 1 WOMAN?
“It’s certainly going to be an issue. I--—I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is—--it is going to be an issue.”
- U.S. SOLICITOR GENERAL DONALD VERRILI
The First Amendment Defense Act would prevent this scenario, as well as many others, from happening. While it is disappointing that these common-sense protections must be specifically spelled out in legislation, it is time to act quickly and decisively to protect our constitutional rights. As Senator Lee writes:
“In light of the Supreme Court decision, Congress must move swiftly to pass the First Amendment Defense Act and clarify in federal law what five justices left ambiguous in their legal opinion: that the right to form and to follow one’s religious beliefs is the bedrock of human dignity and liberty that must be forcefully defended from government interference.”
- U.S. SENATOR MIKE LEE, WRITING IN THE DAILY SIGNAL, JUNE 29, 2015