Exclusive: A conservative think tank has spent more than $1 million to run ads during NFL and college football games over the Thanksgiving holiday, and a new bill to codify same-sex marriage is out of the Senate until at least next week. Expect to be excluded from the zone. Lawmakers add new religious liberty protections to bill.
The Heritage Foundation’s campaign kicks off ahead of Monday’s final vote in the Senate to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, which codifies the right to same-sex marriage.
Heritage and other conservatives argue that the bill is a false name, does not give same-sex couples any new rights, and leaves people of faith vulnerable to lawsuits and other forms of retribution.
“With the impending Senate vote, American religious freedom is under attack,” said Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation. “This law adds another benefit to same-sex couples in the United States.” No. This is an attack that sets the stage for disenfranchising people of faith.Faith supports anything other than marriage between a man and a woman.Americans deserve every fact.
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The group accuses Democrats of “hurrying to cram a far-left agenda” ahead of next year’s new Congress, which has a Republican majority in the House.
According to Heritage, the 50 Democratic senators and 12 Republicans who voted to pass the bill last week have “sneaked” through legislation that would “expose religious schools and nonprofits to litigation,” and that the bill will be sanctioned. Concerned that it could give the IRS a basis for stripping the tax. Exemption Eligibility for Opposing Religious Groups.
Senator Pat Toomey (R) allows activists to sue dissenting faith-based groups to “force them to abandon their deeply held beliefs about marriage or shut the door” said it would.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed an amendment to the law to strengthen religious liberty protections in the bill, but so far Democratic leadership has been unable to allow a vote on the amendment. is refusing.
“Republican senators who claim the bill protects religious liberty are misleading the public,” said Roger Severino, vice president of domestic policy at Heritage. “Their refusal to call for Senator Lee’s amendment is evidence of their dishonesty.”
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The 30-second ad will air locally during NFL Thanksgiving Day games between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions, and the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. The ad can also be seen during coverage of four rival college football games, including Friday’s Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers and Indiana’s Hoosiers vs. Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday.
The campaign, which includes $300,000 worth of digital advertising by Heritage Action, the group’s political activism arm, totaled $1.3 million, making it the group’s largest advertising campaign to date.
Last week, the Senate cleared the Respect Marriage Act over a key procedural hurdle in a 62-to-37 bipartisan vote, giving a handful of Republicans enough votes to clear the filibuster. .
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DNY.
Co-author Susan Collins of Maine said, “This bill recognizes the unique and singular importance of marriage on an individual and societal level.” Bill Religious Freedom and conscious protection.
But Lee said he voted against the bill “because the protections for religious liberty were so poor, almost illusory.”
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“Religious Americans could be subject to devastating lawsuits that would threaten the tax-exempt status of certain charities, educational institutions, and nonprofits,” Lee said, adding that his amendments He added that the draft “reinforced those vulnerabilities.”
“It’s a shame it wasn’t included,” he said.