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O’Rourke calls for stripping tax-exempt status from churches, charities that oppose same-sex marriage

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke called for churches, charities, and colleges that oppose same-sex marriage to be stripped of their tax-exempt status during a CNN town hall on LGBT issues Thursday night.

When CNN’s Don Lemon asked if “religious institutions like colleges, churches, charities” should “lose their tax exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage,” O’Rourke replied “yes” without hesitation.

“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone, or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” he said. “So as president we’re going to make that a priority and we are going to stop those who are infringing on the rights of our fellow Americans.”

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