U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Chairmen Urge Support for the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

March 14, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz ofLouisville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln,chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, gavetheir strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which was recentlyintroduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the U.S. Senate:

"We welcome and applaud the recent reintroduction of the FirstAmendment Defense Act (FADA). The USCCB has been vocal in support of thelegislation since its inception. FADA is a modest and important measure thatprotects the rights of faith-based organizations and people of all faiths andof no faith who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.For example, in a pluralistic society, faith-based charitable agencies andschools should not be excluded from participation in public life by loss oflicenses, accreditation, or tax-exempt status because they hold reasonableviews on marriage that differ from the federal government's view.

The leadership of the Catholic Church willcontinue to promote and protect the natural truth of marriage as foundationalto the common good. The Church will also continue to stand for the ability of all toexercise their religious beliefs and moral convictions in public life withoutfear of government discrimination.

We are pleased to support the First AmendmentDefense Act, and we urge Congress to pass this important legislation."

The letter of support for the First AmendmentDefense Act is available at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Ltr-to-Sen-Lee-FADA-2018.pdf.

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