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June 29, 2015

Faith Groups Prepare for Fight After Gay-Marriage Decision

In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling Friday that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on the rights of faith-affiliated schools, hospitals, and charities to set their own policies on employing and serving gays and gay couples, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press write.

Bracing for a decision in favor of marriage equality, conservative groups have been building legal strategies to secure exemptions for religious nonprofits and raising money to pay for such campaigns. Legislation introduced last week by congressional Republicans, and backed by Catholic and Southern Baptists leaders, would prohibit the federal government from revoking tax breaks for or withholding grants and contracts from faith groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy column on lessons for philanthropic groups from the marriage-equality movement's success.