Tenn. AG joins letter asking Congress to ‘protect religious freedom’

Attorney General Herbert Slatery and 14 other attorneys general sent a letter last week to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, urging lawmakers to “take action now to preclude the IRS from targeting religious groups in any way” the Tennessean reports.

The Supreme Court recently ruled states must recognize same-sex marriages, officiated in their own state or other states. Slatery, Gov. Bill Haslam and many other Tennessee officials opposed the ruling, but Slatery and Haslam said they would ensure the state would abide by the court’s decision.

Although the decision focused on same-sex marriage, Slatery and the other attorneys general argue federal officials could use the decision to take away the tax-exempt status provided to many religious organizations.

During arguments before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. acknowledged the tax-exempt status for a business that denies services to same-sex couples “is going to be an issue.”

Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said this seemed like the latest stall attempt from opponents to gay marriage.

via Tenn. AG joins letter asking Congress to ‘protect religious freedom’.

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