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"Why are they making these false claims? It is all political theater. This is the reality:
The 5-4 ruling, handed down on
But a bill sponsored by Democratic Sens.
Ironically, Murray voted in favor of RFRA when it passed on a 97- 2 vote in 1993, her first year in the
Speaking on the
"RFRA has not, like Murray and others claim, offered a blank check for religious believers to do whatever they want in the name of religion," she wrote. "Neither did the court's decision. ... Nor did the
Writing in the
Fact checkers took apart Rep.
Another interpretation of the ruling is by gay rights groups that fear the
Writing at The Atlantic's website,
But self-described liberal columnist
She added, "Without an exemption in Obama's executive order (prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace), we could see many religious organizations that provide social services to the most needy losing government contracts because they act on the dictates of their faith."
Responding to critics of the
"The court's majority opinion explicitly states that the ruling does not 'provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice,' " they wrote. "Additionally, the court said that 'our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer's religious beliefs' - meaning, you must show a legitimate religious objection."
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