Religious colleges may be in danger of losing tax-exempt status

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative religious rights commentator believes if the Supreme Court decides in favor of proponents of same sex “marriage,” religious schools could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status.

During arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli admitted that religious colleges could lose their tax-exempt status if the court rules in favor of same sex marriage.

Travis Weber, with the Family Research Council, says that observing religious principles should not be considered discrimination.

Weber

“Now of course this is silly because these schools just support traditional marriage and it’s their religious view of marriage that drives this,” he says. “There’s no discrimination at all. But nevertheless it’s conceivable that the courts could buy the government’s argument in this case."

Weber believes if this trend continues, those refusing to endorse same sex marriage could face fines and potentially even imprisonment.

“There is a way around this,” he adds. “The clearest way, the best way, is for legislation to be passed at the federal level and the state level around the country protecting people who support traditional marriage from the government, from the government discriminating against them, intruding into their affairs and penalizing them because of their beliefs.” 

The justices are scheduled to hand down their decision regarding the constitutionality of same sex marriage next month.

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