Why is the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act" (HB 1523) needed today?
Before the Supreme Court case regarding same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), we saw states discriminate against people who believe in one man/one woman marriage. For instance:
Then, during oral arguments in Obergefell, the U.S. Solicitor General admitted that the tax-exempt status of private universities and colleges (and, by implication, all religious organizations) that define marriage as the union of one man/one woman would "be an issue" if the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage -- which it did.
Following the Obergefell ruling, the pressure to approve of same-sex marriage has only increased for religious schools, nonprofits, public employees, small business owners and others. All of these individuals and organizations should be protected from government coercion that would force people with sincerely held beliefs about one man/one woman marriage to violate their conscience.
The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523):
The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act does NOT:
The Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act is focused on preventing government discrimination. States should not be in the business of forcing pastors, business owners and public employees to affirm conduct or practices that violate their sincerely held beliefs. Our government should never discriminate against, punish, or penalize people based on their sincerely held belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.