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Tuberville among Senators calling to amend Respect for Marriage Act

The amendment would prohibit denials or revocation of tax-exempt status, licenses and more for failing to recognize a same-sex marriage.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., is introduced at a rally for former President Donald Trump at the Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. AP Photo/Jose Luis Villegas

Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville has joined 20 other colleagues in the Senate in calling for an amendment “protecting the free exercise of religion” to the Respect for Marriage Act.

“The free exercise of religion is absolutely essential to the health of our Republic. We must have the courage to protect it,” their letter states.

Earlier this year, 12 Republican Senators voted to advance the bill, giving Democrats the majority they need to squash any filibuster attempts.

The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and instead require federal and state governments to recognize same-sex marriages in states where such marriages are legal. And if the state doesn’t recognize the marriage, the couple can sue.

Tuberville, however, has signed his name onto the amendment brought forward by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would “ensure that federal bureaucrats do not take discriminatory actions against individuals, organizations, nonprofits, and other entities based on their sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions about marriage by prohibiting the denial or revocation of tax exempt status, licenses, contracts, benefits, etc.”

The letter is addressed to those 12 Republican senators who have already voted their support for the bill as is, pleading with their colleagues to forgo a cloture vote unless the amendment is added.

A revised version of the bill already guarantees to uphold religious liberty and conscience protections.

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The other Republican senators supporting the bill include Mike Braun (IN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), John Cornyn (TX), Rand Paul (KY), Marco Rubio (FL), John Thune (SD), Ron Johnson (WI), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Kevin Cramer (ND), Rick Scott (FL), John Boozman (AR), Roger Marshall (KS), Roger Wicker (MS), Tim Scott (SC), James Risch (ID), Tom Cotton (AR), Lindsay Graham (SC), Josh Hawley (MO), and Ted Cruz (TX).

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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