Commonwealth Policy Center


CPC Statement on Respect for Marriage Act
Date: November 30, 2022
Contact: Richard Nelson –

(Frankfort, KY) – “Passage of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) in the U.S. Senate is a disappointment for those who believe God’s design of man/woman marriage is the foundational relationship for a healthy society,” said Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson.

Opponents of the measure say that despite purported religious freedom protections in the RMA, it’s not enough to prevent LGBT activists to use the law as a tool to target conscience rights.

“Codifying a behavior that orthodox Christians teach as sinful, sets the new federal policy on a collision course with religious freedom,” Nelson said. “It’s ironic that just as the federal government divested itself from the most controversial social issue over the last 49 years (abortion on demand), it’s federalizing another divisive social issue that harms the rest of society,” Nelson said. Children deprived of a mother or father lose. So do conscience rights for individuals operating in the marketplace. And with the embrace of nationalized same-sex marriage our society moves another step away from God’s created order.

“While the smoke from this latest political battle over marriage still hangs in the air, Christians shouldn’t give up on advocating for the truth in the public arena. They must be faithful to the Creator who defines marriage,” Nelson said. “Yet we must temper our stand with care and compassion to our opponents because the same Creator who defines marriage also tells us that we should love our neighbor, even if they disagree with us on marriage.”