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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Alex Conant/Brooke Sammon
January 6, 2016                                            

Marco Announces Religious Liberty Advisory Board

This morning, the Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce the formation of Marco Rubio's Religious Liberty Advisory Board. Marco is a leader of faith who understands that our country was rooted in the principle of religious liberty. As he strives to uphold this founding principle, he seeks guidance from faith leaders across the country who are dedicated to defending it. 

"Religious liberty is the cornerstone of the American experiment. From the beginning, our commitment to the principle that no one should ever be prevented from living according to their religious beliefs or coerced into doing something they don't believe in has been tested," said Eric Teetsel, Marco Rubio for President's Director of Faith Outreach. "In the last few years we have seen a debate over the place of religion and faithful people in the public square arise yet again. The next president must stand up and defend the religious liberty of all citizens. Marco and our team are honored to have at our disposal the collective wisdom of America's foremost defenders of religious liberty. This diverse group represents men and women of many faiths and perspectives, including academics, pastors, and advocates. We intend to take full advantage of their input and wisdom as Senator Rubio fights to protect American's religious liberty in the 21st Century."

Religious Liberty Advisory Board Members*
Dr. Carlos Campo, President, Ashland University
Vincent Bacote, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
Kyle Duncan, former general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead counsel for the Green family in the Hobby Lobby case
Tom Farr, Ph.D., Director, Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and World Affairs, Georgetown University
Kellie Fiedorek, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Wayne Grudem, Ph.D., Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary
Dr. Thomas Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History and Associate Director, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
Dr. Daniel Mark, Villanova University; Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford University Law School
Doug Napier, Senior Counsel and Executive Vice President, Alliance Defending Freedom
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel; Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University
Rick Warren, Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church
Thomas White, Ph.D., President and Professor of Theology, Cedarville University
*Institutional affiliations for identification purposes only