Texan’s comments at CNN equality town hall hit a sore spot in a simmering culture war, and drew allegations of intolerance
Beto O’Rourke — already pushing a ban on assault weapons — added Thursday night to the list of issues sure to alienate conservative voters if he makes it to the general election, by vowing to revoke the tax exempt status of churches that oppose same-sex marriage.
The former El Paso congressman made the comments during a CNN town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues.
His stance toward conservative religious institutions was far more aggressive than that of most rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Beto O’Rourke on religious institutions losing tax-exempt status for opposing same-sex marriage: “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone … that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us” #EqualityTownHall pic.twitter.com/0ruxeIao8o
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 11, 2019
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