September 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) today urged Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives to support H.R.3133, the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" introduced by Congressman Raúl Labrador (R-ID) on September 19.
David Christensen, vice president for government affairs at FRC, made the following comments:
"This bill affirms that a person's religious belief in the importance of natural marriage should be treated with tolerance and respect by the federal government. The Windsor Court's ruling urges respect for federalism and the sovereignty of state decisions on marriage law, including laws that define marriage between a man and a woman. This bill merely states that the federal government cannot target or harm a person for their religious views in support of natural marriage.
"In light of IRS targeting of non-profit groups that advocate for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Congress needs to make clear that the federal government cannot punish individuals for their religious beliefs," concluded Christensen.