Hurst Seeks Religious Liberty Protections
Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Hurst joins other Attorneys General in calling for religious tax exempt protections; Hood absent from the fight
Today Mike Hurst, the Republican nominee for Mississippi Attorney General, joined in support of fifteen state Attorneys General to ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner to take congressional action to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from revoking the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations of various religious beliefs following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
“The Supreme Court’s decision regarding gay marriage was perplexing and troubling from a personal and Constitutional perspective, but the comments by the Solicitor General during oral arguments suggesting the tax-exempt status for religious organization would be an issue in the future, require immediate action to protect our long standing protections of religious liberty in this country,” said Hurst.
Hurst continued, “I’ve spoken to a number of pastors in Mississippi. They have been asking me who will fight for them, our churches and our community of believers in this coming debate. I will fight for Mississippi. Our current Attorney General has been absent from this fight, as he initially bungled the legal advice to our circuit clerks on this issue and now he has failed to join his fellow Attorneys General in defending our religious liberties. It’s time for a change. We can do better. Mississippi deserves better.”
A copy of the letter from 15 state Attorneys General can be found here: http://www.ago.wv.gov/Documents/Religious%20Liberty%20Letter.PDF
Mike Hurst Press Release