Senator Lankford Statement on US v. Sterling Oral Arguments

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement today on the start of oral arguments on Wednesday in US v. Sterling case before the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces:

“In 1993, Congress passed and President Clinton signed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), providing broad protections for religious exercise. RFRA reinforces our first freedom found in the Constitution, the freedom of religion. Our service members defend freedom for us every day—they should not lose their religious freedom simply because they wear a uniform. The right to freely exercise a religious belief, or to choose no religion at all, must be protected for those serving in our nation’s military. It is my hope that the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will re-affirm this freedom of all Americans, including our service men and women.”