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  • Hatch Statement on Reports That White House Executive Order on Nondiscrimination Will Not Include a Religious Exemption
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    Published - 07/19/14 - 08:22 AM | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
    U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
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    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a current member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who was the lead Republican author the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), issued the following statement today after numerous media reports that the White House executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity will not include a clear exemption for religious organizations:

    “An executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination that lacks a clear religious exemption would demonstrate, yet again, the Obama administration’s consistent disregard for religious liberty. Respect for the free exercise of religion is essential to our character as a nation and has, until recently, enjoyed strong support from leaders of all political persuasions. In seeking to curtail unjust discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, we must ensure that legal protections do not trample upon basic religious liberties. That’s why I worked with Republicans and Democrats to include a religious exemption and non-retaliation provision in the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate. President Obama should not unilaterally disregard our successful effort to achieve a bipartisan consensus that both promotes nondiscrimination and protects fundamental religious liberties.”

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