Chip Roy pushes to amend Respect for Marriage Act, include stronger religious protections

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Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is leading an effort to amend the controversial Respect for Marriage Act, a law intended to protect same-sex marriage that passed with bipartisan support last summer, to include new protections for religious observers that weren’t included.

In a Tuesday letter reviewed exclusively by Fox News Digital, Roy and 23 other House Republicans asked the House Appropriations Committee leadership to include these new protections in the next fiscal year’s spending bill.

The Respect for Marriage Act requires the federal government and states to recognize same-sex marriage in states where it is legal. The law includes language intended to ensure that people and organizations that do not support same-sex marriage do not face retaliation, but Roy says that these protections are not enough, and that these groups may still be at risk of losing them unless the law is strengthened.

Specifically, Roy wants to add language that prohibits the federal government from taking “any discriminatory action against any person, in whole or in part, on the basis that such person speaks or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief or moral conviction, that the marriage is, or should be recognized, It is the union of one man and one woman.”

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Rep. Chip Roy.  R Texas.

Rep. Chip Roy. R Texas. ((Photo by Kevin Deitch/Getty Images))

House Republicans want the definition of “discriminatory action” to include changing any federal tax treatment, withholding federal government benefits or access to publicly available federal property or educational institutions, among other things.

“Without this language, we fear that the federal government will begin to systematically discriminate against religious schools, faith-based organizations, and other non-profit organizations by barring their participation in federal programs, and removing their tax-exempt status, because of their views on marriage,” it states. the message.

The statement reads, “The First Amendment is sacred. It guarantees the right to write, pray, think, speak, and share as one pleases. These basic rights are indisputable and must be protected.”

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The law was passed after a coup Roe v. Wadethat brought the issue of abortion rights back to the states. Then Democrats, worried that another case that established a federal right to same-sex marriage might be overturned, prompted passage of the Marriage Respect Act.

When the law was being considered in the Senate, Sens. Susan Collins, a Republican, and Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, wrote an amendment intended to add religious freedom protections that the Senate approved. But some Republicans and conservative groups said at the time that the amendment did not go far enough to protect people who fear litigation or government retaliation for their belief in traditional marriage.

  US President Joe Biden applauds after signing the Respect for Marriage Act on the South Lawn of the White House on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

US President Joe Biden applauds after signing the Respect for Marriage Act on the South Lawn of the White House on December 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Roy says his amendment “ensures that the free exercise rights of millions of Americans and nonprofit organizations will not face retribution and discrimination from the federal government because of their beliefs.”

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“These organizations care for the poor, mentor youth at risk, feed the hungry, rebuild homes after natural disasters, serve soldiers and first responders, visit the imprisoned, educate children and make millions of good, civic-minded citizens,” Roy said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“Harming the power of the federal government against them is un-American and would do tremendous harm not only to these organizations but to this republic and the fundamental rights that it protects,” he said.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, speaks with reporters upon arrival at the House Republican Caucus meeting at the US Capitol on November 14, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, speaks with reporters upon arrival at the House Republican Caucus meeting at the US Capitol on November 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

The speech won praise from religious and conservative special interest groups such as the Family Research Council, Concerned Women in America, and Catholic Voice.

“We commend Representative Roy for his swift response to the despicable 2022 law that allows the federal government to target those who believe in marriage,” Brian Burch, president of the Catholic Vote Party, told Fox News Digital.

The group added, “In every civilization, marriage has always been special because it binds father and mother together to bring up the next generation of citizens on behalf of the nation. No government should allow activist legislation targeting citizens who respect this definition.”

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Other signatories to the letter include Representatives Kat Kamack, R-Florida, Jim Banks, R-Indiana, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Florida. and Lauren Boebert, R Colo.

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