Both of North Carolina’s US Senators signed onto the “Respect for Marriage Act” legislation that would codify the recognition of same-sex marriages.
• Protects all religious liberty and conscience protections available under the
Constitution or Federal law, including but not limited to the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act, and prevents this bill from being used to diminish
or repeal any such protection.
• Confirms that non-profit religious organizations will not be required to
provide any services, facilities, or goods for the solemnization or celebration
of a marriage.
• Guarantees that this bill may not be used to deny or alter any benefit, right,
or status of an otherwise eligible person or entity – including tax-exempt
status, tax treatment, grants, contracts, agreements, guarantees, educational
funding, loans, scholarships, licenses, certifications, accreditations, claims, or
defenses – provided that the benefit, right, or status does not arise from a
• For instance, a church, university, or other nonprofit’s eligibility for taxexempt status is unrelated to marriage, so its status would not be
affected by this legislation.
• Makes clear that the bill does not require or authorize the federal
government to recognize polygamous marriages.
• Recognizes the importance of marriage, acknowledges that diverse beliefs
and the people who hold them are due respect, and affirms that couples,
including same-sex and interracial couples, deserve the dignity, stability, and
ongoing protection of marriage
Proponents say the bill “does not require or authorize the federal government to recognize polygamous marriages.” However, it’s unclear how the courts can limit the redefinition of marriage to discriminate against marriage with more than two people.
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