About the bill
The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) would prohibit the federal government from discriminating against an individual due to their religious or moral belief that two people of the same sex should not be permitted to marry or that same-sex marriage should not be recognized. A discriminatory action would include changes in tax treatment or reduction of federal grants or benefits. In his press release on the introduction of the bill, cosponsor Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained that the bill would prohibit the IRS from revoking tax exemption from churches that refuse to officiate same-sex weddings. The bill has was introduced in both chambers with 36 Republican cosponsors for the Senate version and one Democratic and 129 Republican cosponsors for the House version.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Utah. Republican.
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2015
Length: 7 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced on June 17, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
37 Cosponsors (37 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Lee, Labrador Introduce Bill Protecting Religious Liberty”
— Sen. Mike Lee [R-UT] (Sponsor) on Jun 17, 2015
“Cochran cosponsors bill protecting religious liberty”
— Sen. Thad Cochran [R-MS, 1979-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 15, 2015
Jun 17, 2015
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Mar 8, 2018
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, S. 2525 (115th).
S. 1598 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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