Skip to comments.IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions over Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 06/26/2013 5:13:31 PM PDT by drewh
Based on Wednesdays Supreme Court ruling, in which the Court majority determined that the Defense of Marriage Acts federal definition of marriage had to incorporate state-based same-sex marriages, Internal Revenue Service regulations could be modified to remove non-profit status for churches across the country.
The DOMA decision makes clear that marriage is a state-to-state issue, meaning that religious institutions that receive non-profit status on the federal level but do not perform or accept same-sex marriages in states where it is legal could have non-profit status revoked.
Furthermore, should the IRS move to revoke federal non-profit status for churches, synagogues and mosques that do not perform same-sex marriage more generally, the Court could easily justify that decision on the basis of eradicating discrimination in religious education.
The Court stated in Romer v. Evans (1996) that states could not take measures to prevent future distinction of gays and lesbians as a protected class under state law; in Lawrence v. Texas (2003) the Court ruled that same-sex sexual activity was Constitutionally protected; in the DOMA case on Wednesday, the Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional not merely on federalism grounds, but because it violated the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment and the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
On the state level, a movement is already under way to revoke non-profit status for religious organizations that do not abide by the same-sex marriage. In Massachusetts in 2006, Boston Catholic Charities withdrew from adoption services thanks to the state mandate on same-sex adoptions, rather than fight the issue in court. In California, a bill is already making its way through the legislature to bar non-profit status for any religious youth group that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation.
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Would you pull out the stops to elect him again if you had it to do over, Cardinal Dolan?
Best beware what you ask for. There may come a point where the congregations of those churches decide to shoulder the burden of taxes to exercise their First Amendment rights.
The only thing that would stop them is that they would have to do it to mosques as well.
Welcome to Obama’s 2nd term bizarro world!
Just wait until you see his 3rd ,4th etc etc terms
Hard to see in the dark.
Those light in the loafers heterophobes are destroying this country.
See Obamacare exemptions.
Aren’t most of the justices Catholics? I have a hard time believing they would support this.
However, if tax-exempt status were removed, it would remove the reason many conservative churches muzzle themselves. Without it, they’d have no reason to tone down the rhetoric.
Revoke 501c status entirely for everyone. It’s un-American and unconstitutional. Revoke the IRS and the income tax code. Revoke the judges who are ruling against the laws of nature and nature’s God. Revoke the careers of the politicians who are giving aid and comfort to this destructive immorality.
CA wants to do this to the Boy Scouts.
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We have been targeted by The IRS to esnure we dont vote.
There is only one solution.
Secession by the Red states.
They have food and energy. No need to be in the NYC union.
The States that pull out will instantly be the wealthiest nations on earth.
I would like to see my preacher say what is really on his mind, without the tax-free restraints.
See my tagline.
Five Supreme Court justices are Catholic, including all four who voted against the new ruling.
The Church should have abandoned civil marriage a long time ago. Have a priest marry a couple, have the Church record the marriage, and leave government out of it (like Willam Wallace in “Braveheart”).
actually they can’t, even if they revoke it, they still are tax exempt. always have been. liberty counsel has a great piece about this. revoking the letter means nothing.
It could get ugly but some of us will hold to God’s values