For Immediate Release
April 29, 2015

Kenneth Chan





Religious Liberty: 'It Is Going to Be an Issue'

Manassas, VA– NRB today responded to the admission by U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli to the U.S. Supreme Court that if “gay marriage” is deemed to be a constitutional right, then the tax-exempt status of religious institutions could be at risk.

“General Verrilli cleared up any confusion.  The Obama Administration would be open to targeting religious organizations if they dare stay true to the tenets of their faith on marriage,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “The intolerance of the LGBT lobby is no secret, but it is greatly disturbing to hear such an admission from the federal government.”

During oral arguments of Obergefell v. Hodges yesterday before the Court, several Justices asked questions about the impact of a decision imposing “gay marriage” nationwide on the situations of religious individuals and organizations that believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.  Responding to Justice Samuel Alito’s question about a college potentially losing its tax-exempt status for adhering to its convictions, General Verrilli stated, “…it's certainly going to be an issue…. I don't deny that, Justice Alito.  It is – it is going to be an issue.”

Dr. Johnson continued, “As pointed out by Al Mohler and Ryan Anderson, this is a direct threat to religious liberty.  The government must not be permitted to entertain challenging the Bill of Rights.  I urge the Supreme Court not to impose ‘gay marriage’ as a constitutional right.” 

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