Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.

The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.

15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.

15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.

WASHINGTON –— Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has some conservatives warning that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups. Bills in the House and Senate are gaining support.

Officials are responding to the Supreme Court ruling in June that required every state to recognize same-sex marriages.

In a brief statement, the IRS said Thursday the ruling will not affect the standards agents use to evaluate tax-exempt organizations.

Democrats, meanwhile, say Republicans are creating a straw man to fire up the GOP base as they try to resist America’s changing social mores.

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