JONES JOINS TRUMP IN DEFENDING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Sep 19, 2017 Issues: Values

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) commended the Trump administration for their work to defend religious liberty, and announced his signing onto two amicus briefs regarding upcoming religious liberty cases to be heard by the Supreme Court.

Congressman Jones and 74 of his House colleagues have filed Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a brief which argues on behalf of bakery owner Jack Phillips, who refused to violate his faith by baking a personalized cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. The Trump Department of Justice recently submitted a similar brief in support of Mr. Phillips.

Congressman Jones has also joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and fellow colleagues in filing a brief in Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington, a similar case surrounding a florist who refused to violate her faith by providing flowers for a same-sex marriage ceremony.  Both cases will be heard by the Supreme Court later this year.

“America was founded based on Judeo-Christian values, and the First Amendment of our United States Constitution clearly forbids government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion,” said Congressman Jones.  “That is why I fight to ensure Americans can always exercise those values.  If government is ever allowed to control the exercise of religion, it is not a stretch to say that government could deny any exercise of free speech or further rights with which it disagrees.”

Copies of both briefs are attached.

Congressman Jones has consistently supported traditional marriage and defended religious freedom by introducing and cosponsoring important legislation.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or Allison.tucker@mail.house.gov.

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