The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, religion and association. In the wake of Obamacare and the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, the debate surrounding religious freedom has gained new momentum. Conservatives argue that the rulings impede on churches, businesses and individuals by forcing them to support policies they may oppose on religious grounds. Those on the left claim that religious exemptions to federal law discriminate against marginalized groups.
According to congressional floor records, this issue is talked about most frequently by GOP members, with these members topping the list: Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16), Tim Huelskamp (KS-1), Trent Franks (AZ-8), and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL)
With the first Republican debate approaching, the issue of religious freedom is likely to remain a popular talking point.
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