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Bernie Sanders Says He'd Let Religious Groups Against Gay Marriage Stay Tax-Exempt

The Democratic presidential candidate says he respects people with different points of view.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2016 U.S presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2016 U.S presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S., on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Photographer: Christopher Dilts/ Bloomberg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday highlighted his record on LGBT rights but stopped short of endorsing the removal of tax-exempt status from religious organizations that refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, which were recently legalized nationwide by the Supreme Court.

“I don't know that I would go there,” the Vermont senator said on CNN's State of the Union. “You know, we have religious freedom and I respect people who have different points of view. But my view is that people have a right to love each other regardless of one's sexual orientation.”