Colleges Opposed to Gay Marriage Fear IRS Retribution

The IRS says it has no plans to target the tax exemption of colleges that oppose same-sex marriage, but supporters of those institutions fear it could be a temporary reprieve.

John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, made it clear at a Senate hearing late last month that his agency wouldn’t release any new rules going after religious colleges’ tax exemption during his last two-and-a-half years in office.

Conservatives had grown increasingly worried about that proposition after the Obama administration’s solicitor general said that the tax exemption of educational institutions that oppose same-sex marriage could be an issue during Supreme Court arguments this year.

“At this time, there is no basis for us to revisit tax-exempt status on that ground,” Koskinen told Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing. “It is our view right now in terms of the overall lay of the land that there’s no basis for us at this point to make any different change in our review policies, our exam policies.”