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Senate Rejects Religious Liberty
This is a dark day for religious freedom in America, but we must not be discouraged. We have done what we can. The rest is up to the Lord.
From The Epoch Times. A bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate approved the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday after rejecting on close votes a trio of detailed amendments that sponsors claimed were required to protect the right of religious freedom of practice and expression.
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On a count of 61 to 36, the majority—including 49 Democrats and 12 Republicans—adopted a measure approved by the House of Representatives in July and that President Joe Biden has promised to sign. The House still must OK the Senate’s minor revisions of the original proposal.
The vote on the controversial proposal capped a series of procedural hurdles requiring at least 60 votes that proponents overcame with support from the chamber’s 50 Democrats and the dozen Republicans who supported final passage.
The dozen Republican senators were Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Sen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana.
Late Monday during a lengthy roll call on a cloture motion to limit debate, three of the dozen GOP senators supporting the bill withheld their votes until proponents agreed to allow floor votes on amendments offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Each of the proposed amendments was designed to ease the threats posed by the proposal to religious freedom.
Throughout the debate on the proposal, opponents claimed the bill will inflict profound damage on freedom of religion, including after proponents accepted an amendment they said would remedy such fears.
In an impassioned floor speech delivered before the voting began on the amendments, Lankford asked, “Is today about respecting the rights of all, or about silencing some and respecting others?” …
Lankford’s amendment needed only a simply majority, but was defeated on a 45-52 vote. No Democrat supported it, while Republicans Portman, Collins, and Murkowski voted against it.
The Lee amendment gained the support of all 12 of the GOP supporters of the proposal but the only Democrat to support it was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The amendment thus failed on a 48-49 count. The Rubio amendment failed on a 48-to-49 vote.
Baldwin said the amended proposal is needed to “give the millions of Americans in same-sex and interracial marriages the certainty that they will continue to enjoy the freedoms, rights, and responsibilities afforded to all other marriages.” …
Not voting were Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).
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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: MIKE STOLL on Unsplash)
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I don’t know if I am reinforcements for you or you are reinforcements for me, but I have come across your prayer page and the Lord seems to have joined me together with all of you who are praying about this issue. I am having an unusual prayer experience: Sunday, December 4, 2022, I prayed for seven hours in the Spirit and I am praying on today. The Lord overthrew Pharoah’s army in the sea and Jehoshaphat’s singers sang the song of triumph before the battle even began. The Lord set up ambushments and the invading armies turned on each other and destroyed themselves. God’s People reap the spoils. Let us be encouraged in the Lord!
 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
I pray for the fear of the Lord in our House and Senate. In Jesus’ holy Name, Amen.
Dear father in heaven :
I ask that You would Surprise us with a major revival in the house of representatives. And because of this revival the house of representatives would NOT pass the “respect of marriage act“.
In Jesus name and for His glory
Tens of Millions are still praying for the 3rd GREAT SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN JESUS NAME, Amen. Agree
Praise the noteworthy efforts of Sens. Langford, Lee, and Rubio. Shame on the 61 Dems and Republicans who pushed this sinful vote through.
Father God, help America regain our freedom of religion. The sacredness of marriage. The sacredness of the family. God help us in Your redemption in Jesus Christ when we repent. Help America in a supernatural way that only You can do and keep us on the straight and narrow path in Your righteousness. God help us.