Good for him!
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.
â€œEarlier 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.Â The administration ignored efforts by numerous faith-based organizations to be granted an exemption on religious grounds.â€
â€œThe Obama Administrationâ€™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.Â 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.Â This is a common sense bill that simply says the government canâ€™t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.â€
GoÂ hereÂ to read the text of the bill.Â The Respect of Rights of Conscience Act has already been introduced in the House and Senate and has 135 co-sponsors, including Rubio.Â GoÂ hereÂ to read the text of this bill.Â 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.Â If he is nominated, I think this bill signals that religious freedom would be a themeÂ that Rubio would hit hard in his campaign.Â Keep your eye on Rubio.Â I suspect that this 40 year old Senator might well play a key role in this yearâ€™s election.