Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso Texas congressman who is a Democrat presidential candidate, said during a CNN town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues that he would revoke the tax exempt status of churches that oppose same-sex marriage.
CNN’s Don Lemmon framed the question saying: “Do you think religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities – should they lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage?”
“Yes,” O’Rourke said without hesitation, drawing applause from the Los Angeles audience.
O’Rourke went on to say, “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone, or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.”
He then added, “So as president we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing on the rights of our fellow Americans.”
Previously in the Texas Senate race, the defense of florists, bakeries and wedding chapels that refused service to same-sex couples animated the 2016 election, with Senator Ted Cruz tapping into concerns of assaults on religious freedom.
Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, a mirror-image debate has emerged with Democratic contenders striving to tell voters that they would be a champion of LGBTQ issues.
O’Rourke’s stance on tax exempt status has brought accusations from conservatives that in his drive for tolerance, he is trying to punish religious groups that disagree with him.
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