Rapidly rising Republican star Senator Marco Rubio (R.Fla.) introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 to counter the Obama mandated coverage of contraceptives.
“Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a new mandate that would require most church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers private insurance coverage without out-of-pocket charges for birth control. The administration ignored efforts by numerous faith-based organizations to be granted an exemption on religious grounds.”
“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people. Under this President, we have a government that has grown too big, too costly and now even more overbearing by forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs. This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”
Go here to read the text of the bill. The Respect of Rights of Conscience Act has already been introduced in the House and Senate and has 135 co-sponsors, including Rubio. Go here to read the text of this bill. Rubio has often been spoken of as the GOP vice-presidential nominee, although he has stated several times that he has no interest in the nomination. If he is nominated, I think this bill signals that religious freedom would be a theme that Rubio would hit hard in his campaign. Keep your eye on Rubio. I suspect that this 40 year old Senator might well play a key role in this year’s election.