Another prominent Catholic academic institution opposes the Democrat-led Respect for Marriage Act.
Wyoming Catholic College President Glenn Arbery shared with The Daily Signal on Saturday that the college “supports USCCB’s letter to the Senate against the Respect for Marriage Act, as well as USCCB’s shorter and more recent press release.”
RMA [Respect for Marriage Act] It makes the possibility of frivolous lawsuits against Catholic people and institutions more likely, and it increases the potential for threats against the tax-exempt status of not-for-profits,” Arbery said.
The Catholic University of America similarly told The Daily Signal on Tuesday that it aligns with the USCCB in opposing the Respect for Marriage Act.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the American Conference of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Freedom, said in a November 17 statement that senators promoting the Respect for Marriage Act claim the amended bill is respectful of religious freedom.
He warned that “the provisions of the law relating to religious freedom are insufficient.”
“The bill is a bad deal for the many brave Americans of faith who still believe in and uphold the truth about marriage in the public square today,” he said. “The law fails to strike a balance that adequately respects our nation’s commitment to the basic right to religious freedom.”
The cardinal concluded, “Senators who support the bill should reverse course and consider the consequences of passing an unnecessary law that fails to provide affirmative protection to the many Americans who consider this view of marriage to be genuine and essential to the common good.”
Stephen Minnes, president of Catholic Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, warned The Daily Signal ahead of Thanksgiving that “Catholic institutions will have a hard time living our faith under this legislation.”
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“Indeed,” he said, “giving religious institutions a hard time seems to be the aim of the legislation. But the US Constitution guarantees the freedom to practice religion, not just the expression of religion. Benedictine College is committed to these rights, following US bishops, who joined a meeting of friends in defense About our position this summer.
The opposition of Catholic institutions to the legislation comes as conservatives sound the alarm that it is not too late to block or amend the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee urged the 12 fellow Republicans who voted for the legislation to “have the courage to protect” religious freedom, writing, “The free exercise of religion is absolutely essential to the health of our Republic.”
The Respect for Marriage Act, or HR 8404, “provides legal authority for same-sex and interracial marriage,” repealing provisions defining marriage between a man and a woman.
The legislation, passed by the House in July, “repeals and replaces provisions that do not require states to recognize same-sex marriage with other states with provisions that prohibit the denial of full faith, credit, or any right or claim related to out-of-state marriages on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin.” , “allows the Department of Justice to bring a civil suit” and “establishes a private right to sue for violations.”
Twelve Republican lawmakers Vote to Advance the Respect for Marriage Act: Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Shelly Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Cynthia Loomis of Wyoming, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Tom Tillis of North Carolina, Johnny Ernest from Iowa, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and Todd Young from Indiana.
On Friday, Sen. Sullivan’s office assured The Daily Signal that it would support Lee’s amendment, as well as one put forward by Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford.
“Senator Sullivan supports both the Lee and Lankford amendments and is working diligently to ensure that they get votes in the Senate,” said spokesman Mike Renard.
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