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Beto O'Rourke Says Religious Institutions Should Be Taxed If They Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

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Former Congressman Robert Francis O'Rourke, aka Beto, a self-given nickname in order to sound Hispanic, told a live television audience at CNN's LGBTQ town hall discussion Thursday night that any and all religious institutions would lose their tax-exemption if they did not believe in same-sex marriage. This means all mosques, temples, most Christian churches, and thousands of colleges and schools would all lose this special status if they support solely traditional marriage. 


"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," O’Rourke told Don Lemon. "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." 

Walter Olson of the Cato Institute broke down why O'Rourke's posturing is both immoral as well as illegal. Here's his Twitter thread: 


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