Senate Democrat: Free speech protected only in church

Baldwin, the nation’s first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate, offered that bit of liberal logic during a recent discussion with MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki about the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage.


Asked by the MSNBC host whether a bakery whose owners have religious objections to the ruling should be compelled by the government to bake gay wedding cakes, Baldwin insisted that religious free speech has no place outside churches, synagogues or mosques.


“Certainly the 1st Amendment says that in institutions of faith that there is absolute power to, you know, to observe deeply held religious beliefs. But I don’t think it extends far beyond that,” she said.


The Democrat suggested that bakers should have to provide the cakes in much the same way President Obama’s birth control mandate would force employers to provide contraception coverage.


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