Washington, D.C. — The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, applauded today's House vote against U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook's so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment." The final vote in favor of the amendment was 224 to 203, a majority but still far short of the two-thirds vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment.
"The religious freedom of all Americans is secure today, thanks to the House vote," observed Lynn. "Our Constitution and our cherished freedom of conscience remain uncompromised by crass politics.