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
He's nothing but a Laughing Hyena. Of course he would.
That’s where the separation comes in....They’re trying to make church law....
Start with the Islamic mosques first. but I repeat myself.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
National Cathedral Rings Bells for an Hour to Celebrate SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision
Weimar Republic, circa 1933.
I have often wondered how these propaganda machines which perpetuate myths and amass millions and billions of dollars, including priceless real estate and artworks could possibly enjoy tax-exempt status.
Call me what you will, but that's the way I look at it.
This is the destruction of our Judeo-Christian Nation.
I've noticed an odd sense of detachment among many Christians in this country over "gay marriage," and I finally figured out what is driving it.
Most committed Christians see marriage as a religious institution and simply don't give a flaming sh!t about what any government thinks about it.
Is she available to go on a date? Just wondering.
Another argument FOR the FairTax!
FairTax does not distinguish between not-for-profit and for-profit organizations: Under FairTax, NO business organizations pay federal taxes. They, if they sell a product at retail, merely collect the FairTax and send it to the collection agency. If they are not in a retail business, there is no taxable activity; ergo, churches are tax-FRee with respect to the collection plate.
These SCOTUS rulings may actually be of some benefit to us!
Sex deviates DO NOT BELONG IN ANY CHURCH, and now that Muslims and Sharia Law are going to be next to take front row seats in America, EVERY Christian church should give up their Tax Exempt Status, and stick to their Principles.
We don't need faggots/dykes in our churches, as they have chosen to violate God's and Nature's Laws.
Not such a bad thing. Those churches would no longer be havens of the 'wealth preachers', would be biblical in that they would then render unto Caesar and would then be free to criticize those who rule over us.
You could have said that the FairTax does all that, EV, and more.
Tell him to support the FairTax!
Perhaps because you live in Canada where they support gay marriage?
Revolt is coming.
The income tax is involved in so much that is bad in our country by means of the ability it gives politicians to reward and punish. A sales tax only would be equally paid by everyone.
I expect they’ll eventually begin playing games with the prebate, but initially it will be a level playing field.
“The Church should have abandoned civil marriage a long time ago.”
“Now, since the family and human society at large spring from marriage, these men will on no account allow matrimony to be the subject of the jurisdiction of the Church. Nay, they endeavor to deprive it of all holiness, and so bring it within the contracted sphere of those rights which, having been instituted by man, are ruled and administered by the civil jurisprudence of the community. Wherefore it necessarily follows that they attribute all power over marriage to civil rulers, and allow none whatever to the Church; and, when the Church exercises any such power, they think that she acts either by favor of the civil authority or to its injury. Now is the time, they say, for the heads of the State to vindicate their rights unflinchingly, and to do their best to settle all that relates to marriage according as to them seems good.”
—Pope Leo XIII, 1880
That said I think any church would be wise to pay the taxes on any property or income rather than be under Cesar's Yoke of tax exempt status in exchange for silence. Then again IMO a church as the early churches often did can be established & the services help in ones own home. Given the oppression many Christians face in this world there are likely far more home churches than larger building housed churches.
If I lived in Canada, you might have a point. :-P
And they’ll add anti- abortion and contraception to the charges.
RED states should reword their marriage license to read union license therefore removing marriage from the equation. Then churches would be able to perform religious ceremonies equal to marriage and offer it only to their membership.
Churches can then determine whether they want yo allow homosexuals membership according to their rules. If a church does not allow homosexuals them they can’t be married there but can go on down to the court house and have their union ceremony performed.
Let’s just change it up so only churches perform marriages and to neck with the rump wranglers.
Would you trust the valuations of owned property under this administration? I’d bet O would try confiscation which many other tyrants in history have tried - especially when the state is hard up for money.
I suspect, if you are not “pro-gay”, it’s not the only thing that will happen to us.