Dozens of Republicans in Congress sent a letter to President Trump urging him to restore religious liberty: “We … request that you sign the draft executive order on religious liberty, as reported by numerous outlets on February 2, 2017, in order to protect millions of Americans whose religious freedom has been attacked or threatened over the last eight years.”
Examples cited in the letter included former President Barack Obama’s controversial contraception mandate, state-level legislation in places like California that compel religious organizations to cover abortion in their healthcare plans, and the perceived threat to the tax exemption status of religious colleges who oppose gay marriage.
“Because religious liberty is of such importance and under such threat, we believe that the draft executive order should be signed without delay and that all the protections discussed in this letter should be enshrined permanently in our laws,” continued the letter.
Signatories of the letter included Trent Franks of Arizona, Dave Brat of Virginia, Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Steve King of Iowa.
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