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Morrisey Concerned Same Sex Marriage Decision Could Infringe on Religious Freedom

Updated 2 years ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down state same-sex marriage bans.

 
“I am disappointed in today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “The U.S. Constitution does not address the issue of marriage. Under our system of federalism, it should be up to the states to define marriage. The people of our state should be free to debate and resolve this question themselves, as they have done, instead of having their judgment usurped by unelected judges.
 
“I am also concerned that this decision could infringe upon our citizens’ religious freedom. During oral arguments for this case, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. implied that nonprofit religious-affiliated organizations could lose their tax-exempt status if they choose not to recognize same-sex marriage due to their religious beliefs. The First Amendment of our Constitution clearly holds that our citizens have the right to exercise their religion freely without government pressure, and I fear this decision could be used by the IRS as an excuse to unfairly punish charities and schools which hold beliefs that do not fall in line with those of this Administration.”
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