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.
Submitted by the Office of Orrin Hatch
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