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Marjorie Taylor Greene spreads “Christian persecution” lie about marriage equality bill

Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks at a rally
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In response to the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) clearing a major barrier to passage in the Senate yesterday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) promoted a conspiracy theory attacking equal rights for LGBTQ people.

She shared a tweet from someone who claimed to have read the bill and said that the RFMA will give the IRS the power to revoke the tax-exempt statuses of churches that refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

That is not in the bill at all. The bill doesn’t even mention the IRS and it’s not going to supersede the U.S. Constitution, which protects churches’ rights to not perform any ritual they don’t want to perform.

“Well done!” Greene responded. “This is what it looks like when people read the actual bills instead of the headlines, you actually find out the truth and why Members like me vote NO.”

“It’s not about gay marriage, it’s about Christian persecution.”

Greene is completely wrong about the RFMA, which got a thumbs-up from the conservative Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this week. The church is opposed to same-sex marriage but said that the RFMA will “preserve the principles and practices of religious freedom.”

Since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in 2015 with its Obergefell v. Hodges decision, no church has been forced to perform a marriage for a same-sex couple. The RFMA ensures that some of the rights same-sex couples enjoy when it comes to marriage will be preserved if the Supreme Court overturns Obergefell.

People on Twitter called Greene a liar for promoting the conspiracy theory that allowing same-sex couples to get married is “Christian persecution.”

Other conservative politicians, pundits, and activists are freaking out about the possibility that, even if the Supreme Court overturns Obergefell, the RFMA will require the federal government and other states to recognize same-sex and interracial marriages performed by any state.

Calling it the “so-called Respect for Marriage Act,” Tony Perkins of the hate group Family Research Council said that the Senate “is making a mockery of marriage as it tramples on a foundational right – religious freedom of the individual.”

“Regardless of the action of Congress, there are millions of Americans who will remain steadfast in their love for their fellow human being, by remaining committed to these truths: that marriage is ordained by God, and men and women are created in His image.”

And Eugene Delgaudio of Public Advocate of the United States attacked the 12 Republican senators who voted in favor of the RFMA in an email blast to followers.

“I’m afraid the Destruction of Marriage Act has passed it’s [sic] most effective [sic] hurtle [sic],” he wrote, calling the 12 Republican senators “RINO Traitors.” “RINO” means “Republican In Name Only.”

“Every single one of these senators voted to end the pro-Family Filibuster and gave Chuck Schumer the supermajority he needed,” Delgaudio continued. “If they had not supported this bill, it would have died in the Senate.”

“But have no doubt, those 12 senators just stabbed pro-Family America in the back.”

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