GOP Senators Introduce Bill Allowing Individuals to Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

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A dozen Republican senators have introduced a bill that would bar the government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their religious beliefs, effectively giving individuals a 'license to discriminate' against LGBT couples

The proposed Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, authored by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah (pictured above with FRC's Tony Perkins), would allow organizations to refuse service or products to gay people simply by citing their religious beliefs. Lee believes that while President Obama promised to respect religious liberty in his statement on the Supreme Court's repeal of DOMA back in June, his administration may do otherwise. Washington Examiner reports:

Lee thinks federal officials could work around that promise by trying to revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that support traditional marriage.

"We need not just statements, but we need legislation to protect religious liberty from this kind of potential threat," he said during the interview.

Co-sponsor Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) echoed Lee's words, saying that the bill was a way to protect religious liberty and traditional values.

David Vitter"Religious freedom is a foundational principle to our great nation, and it's something that Louisianians and folks across the country cherish - including millions of Americans, like myself, who support traditional marriage," he said. "But, for a number of reasons, this basic freedom is under attack by the current administration. This bill will protect groups from administrative attacks, such as additional hurdles with taxes or obtaining federal grants or contracts."

You may recall Sen. Vitter espousing his 'traditional values' back in 2007, when it was revealed that he had been involved in a high-profile prostitution ring in Washington D.C.

The legislation mirrors a the House version which was introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) back in September.

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  1. So many real problems that need to be solved and these stooges wast time and money with more institutionalized bigotry and hatred. SMH.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Dec 12, 2013 9:18:20 PM

  2. Do these Tea Party guys seriously expect that bill to be approved by a Democratic controlled Senate and signed by President Obama? This just shows how much they are disconnected from reality.

    Posted by: AdamTh | Dec 12, 2013 9:21:38 PM

  3. They don't think out these things, do they? So I can discriminate against anyone based on my "religious beliefs".

    It's like them fighting for the right to have Christian clubs allowed in school which, ultimately, benefited the LGBT community even more seeing, since they had won that case successfully, they were not able to stop gay-straight alliances.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 12, 2013 9:43:20 PM

  4. I'd argue they're not disconnected at all. They absolutely know it's not going to pass. But now it's on the record that this is what they wanted. Now they can run home for re-elections saying they tried, and their intolerant constituents will vote for them because of it.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 12, 2013 9:44:45 PM

  5. This absurd bill goes nowhere--for now. But if Democrats lose the Senate in November 2014, watch out! There will be a flood of such anti-gay bills in 2015 as Republicans try to appease the Tea Bagger party in anticipation of the 2016 general election. November 2014 could be a reprise of November 2010 unless Obama starts delivering more than tweets and press releases.

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 12, 2013 9:48:28 PM

  6. @Mike,

    Exactly. They know this bill doesn't have a snowballs chance of getting out committee let alone getting passed by the Senate. This is all theater for the folks back home and the national groups that send them money.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Dec 12, 2013 9:55:16 PM

  7. The Repug party is in danger of imploding. First you have this group of religious Talibans represented by Tony Perkins who threatened to split the GOP if they don't get their way. Then you have those Tea party crazies who opposed the recent Senate budget deal. Boner was so exasperated that he called them "ridiculous". It is difficult to see how they can hold together in face of these challenges by the party crazies.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 12, 2013 10:16:45 PM

  8. I didn't realize they'd moved the "Who's the Biggest Dildo in the Senate?" Pageant to December. The holidays are already so hectic.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 12, 2013 10:20:42 PM

  9. Well, we know that there are at least 12 members of the United States Senate which believe more in their religion than they do in the Constitution of the United States which they swore to preserve, protect, and defend.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Dec 12, 2013 10:37:34 PM

  10. Ask they why they hate America.

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | Dec 12, 2013 10:38:11 PM

  11. These laws only serve to further institutionalized prejudice. They are immoral, unChristian and unAmerican. And so are the politicians who advocate them.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 12, 2013 10:43:11 PM

  12. Sen Mike Lee R-UTAH should amend his bill and protect Christians who refuse service or products to Mormons because, as Bible believing Christians know, Mormons are members of a CULT. Sen Vitter should add an amendment protecting prostitutes from having to service hypocritical Senators. This is just a way for these conservative Republicans to show their bigoted conservative base that they are true believers and are fighting the good fight in the cultural war. They know their proposal is not going anywhere.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 12, 2013 10:47:55 PM

  13. Of course we all know "religious liberty" means that anyone can do (or not to) anything at all, at any time, anywhere, so long as it is because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

    Posted by: Spock | Dec 12, 2013 11:01:23 PM

  14. why just deny service to LGBT persons? Why not jews, african americans and unmarried women? My belief system says your belief system is counterfeit, so i don't have to respect you. you'd think a mormon would know better than to propose this.

    and will someone please explain how tolerance negatively affects the practice of one's religion?

    Posted by: verbocityeric | Dec 12, 2013 11:29:28 PM

  15. Disgusting creatures. Especially in light of what is happening in Russia and some other countries around the world.

    Posted by: john patrick | Dec 12, 2013 11:41:48 PM

  16. Completely obscene.

    Tax the churches!

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Dec 12, 2013 11:54:42 PM

  17. Snark alert. I'm all in favor of this legislation. What's the point of having a religion if you can't use it to harm people? And what's the point of being a US Senator if you can't introdue ridiculous, dead-end bills that help you raise campaign funds? End of snark.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Dec 12, 2013 11:58:56 PM

  18. @verbocityeric: The answer to your rhetorical question, "Why not jews, african americans and unmarried women" is that those groups are both too large and have too much support from the general population and discriminating against them became a non-starter for the vast majority of the public earlier. There are way too many women (about 1/2 the population), many more African Americans than gays, and the bigots all "know" that Jews control the media and the banks, not to mention that antisemitism went out of style decades ago.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 13, 2013 1:32:40 AM

  19. Using religion as a justification for bigotry by R-Nazis/KKK. No surprises there, but MaryM and his other aliases (R-Towleroad troll), will be doing cartwheels of joy in the hope it succeeds. They all want us in concentration camps and dead.

    Posted by: Molc | Dec 13, 2013 1:54:51 AM

  20. So tired of the US religious fanatics abusing time and money to try and take away civil rights in favor of people who choose to worship a mad god.

    Posted by: Hyde | Dec 13, 2013 2:04:33 AM

  21. BILL, actually those groups you mentioned have been singled out for protections under US law. Whether they have large numbers or public support is not material. Gay folk are not so protected. It has nothing to do with population size of the group.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 13, 2013 2:34:25 AM

  22. Vitter states: "Religious freedom is a foundational principle to our great nation, and it's something that Louisianians and folks across the country cherish - including millions of Americans, like myself, who support traditional marriage."
    For this scum who was busted for using multiple Washington, D. C. prostitutes while the wife was at home in Louisiana, to lecture anybody about what marriage is makes me want to puke.

    Posted by: erick70115 | Dec 13, 2013 3:49:41 AM

  23. They all want us in concentration camps and dead.

    Posted by: toner fiyatları | Dec 13, 2013 4:14:48 AM

  24. These Republican hatemongers are not only ugly on the inside but they are very unappealing physically, also. None of them are cute in the slightest: maybe that is why they are so hateful and vicious. Hopefully enough good people will stand up and foil this evil plot by some seriously wicked bitches.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 13, 2013 4:24:16 AM

  25. Tony Perkins is evil incarnate.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 13, 2013 4:25:34 AM

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