Its backers say the bill would simply preserve the status quo, ensuring that federal agencies could not take action against individuals, organizations, nonprofits and other entities who act on their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
For example, the government could not revoke the tax-exempt status of churches that refuse to perform same-sex weddings because of their religious beliefs. And it could not deny federal grants, contracts or licenses to any individual or institution that doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage.
Concerns arose during the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case, when Justice Samuel Alito quizzed Solicitor General Donald Verrilli on whether a religious school that held that marriage is between a man and a woman would be stripped of its nonprofit, tax-exempt status.
“It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that,” Verrilli replied.