Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke called for religious institutions that oppose gay marriage to have their tax-exempt status revoked.
He was speaking at a town hall meeting on LGBTQ+ issues co-hosted by Human Rights Campaign Foundation and CNN, and he also called for a ban on assault rifles.
Conservatives and religious leaders have since hit out at O’Rourke for his comments.
Check out O’Rourke powerful speech below:
Beto O’Rourke on religious institutions losing tax-exempt status for opposing same-sex marriage: “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us” #EqualityTownHall pic.twitter.com/tjwVGqv5h0Advertisement
— CNN (@CNN) October 11, 2019
O’Rourke responded that religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities, etc, should lose their tax-exempt status if they oppose gay marriage, and he added that there can be no reward or benefit for anyone or any institution or an organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us.
He added that, as a president, he is going to make that a priority, and he’s going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of fellow Americans.
Even though O’Rourke’s comments were met with loud cheers from the crowd, conservatives and, to a large extent, Democrats, will not be happy with his comments.