Beto O’Rourke Says He’ll Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of Churches, Charities Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke arrives for a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke arrives for a televised townhall on CNN dedicated to LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) announced that he would strip the tax-exempt status of churches and charities that oppose same-sex marriage.

In the U.S., non-profit organizations like churches and charities are not required to pay business taxes. While corporations and for-profit businesses can receive a tax write-off or credit for donations, non-profits are not required to pay taxes because of the charitable benefit to the nation as a whole.

During a town hall event on CNN regarding the issue of LGBTQ rights in the United States, O’Rourke announced that he would not allow churches or charities that are against same-sex marriage qualify for tax-exempt status if he becomes president.

Watch O’Rourke’s answer below:

“Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us. And so as president, we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”

In his presidentail plan for LGBTQ equality, O’Rourke wrote, “Freedom of religion is a fundamental right, but it should not be used to discriminate.”

It is unclear how O’Rourke would enforce such a policy or if the Supreme Court would find it constitutional to cherry-pick which religious institutions can receive a tax benefit.

What do you think?

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Brenda Bitner
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Taxes are not based on belief.

General Confusion
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“General Confusion has a very brief moment like this about every 6 months or so. Goes away very quickly.” banstan

Actually, most of the time any confusion clears up after reading a few comments here. I slowly close my eyes, gently shake my head side to side, then remember the logic of the real world. Open my eyes and swim in tranquility bay. It works every time.

banstan
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“Kudos! On this issue you are, finally, not confused.” Don’t go overboard, Morte. contusion has a very brief moment like this about every 6 months or so. Goes away very quickly.

WellHungChad
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How ’bout the Muslimes that the Democrats love so much? Seems to me they frown on same sex marriage as well. Do they get a waiver?

General Confusion
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Stop any confusion and just tax all churches. If Germany can do it, so can we. Churches don’t obey the no politics rule anyway, so tax’em.

Morte206
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But what about those religious institutions that are both anti white and anti gay. Do they only lose half their tax exempt status? The nation’s imams must be breathing a sigh of relief.

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