November 29, 2022
This afternoon the Senate is set to vote on a series of amendments to the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 4556). Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, issued the following statement:
This afternoon, the Senate will vote on three amendments to the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act. The bill’s current language inadequately protects individuals and organizations that hold marriage is between a man and a woman. The bill allows, through a private right of action, enforcement against religious groups and individuals. The Lee, Lankford, and Rubio amendments address these religious liberty concerns and should be, at the very least, included in the final version of the bill. The Lee Amendment prohibits the federal government from discriminating against individuals or organizations based on their convictions about marriage. The Lankford and Rubio amendments address other serious religious liberty concerns not addressed in any way by the Baldwin Amendment (the currently existing amendment with insufficient religious liberty protections). Every senator who claims to care about the foundational right to religious freedom must vote in support of the three offered amendments.
See Anderson’s previous comment on the Act here.