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Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin: Religious Freedom Shouldn’t Extend Far Beyond Institutions of Faith

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), spoke on MSNBC’s “Up w/ Steve Kornacki” about the new ruling to grant same-sex marriage in the U.S. on Saturday.

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Baldwin said she thinks that business owners, like those that own a bakery, should not be allowed to turn down serving homosexuals gay wedding cakes because of religious beliefs because businesses like that are not considered institutions of faith.

“Certainly the first amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. I don’t think it extends far beyond that. We’ve seen the set of arguments play out in issues such as access to contraception. Should it be the individual pharmacist whose religious beliefs guides whether a prescription is filled, or in this context, they’re talking about expanding this far beyond our churches and synagogues to businesses and individuals across this country. I think there are clear limits that have been set in other contexts and we ought to abide by those in this new context across America.”

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