WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison will co-sponsor on legislation to prevent localities from banning male circumcision, according to the JTA news service.
The bill, which will be introduced by Democrat Brad Sherman, comes as San Francisco residents prepare to vote on a ballot measure to ban male circumcision of anyone under 18.
Sherman represent’s California’s 27 Congressional District, which wraps around Los Angeles.
Sherman’s bill is called the “Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act.” Circumcision is considered a religious ceremony in for Jewish-born children and Muslims. Sherman told JTA that Ellison, a Muslim, will be one of the bill’s co-sponsors.
“The Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act ensures that Jewish and Muslim families will continue to be able to enjoy the free exercise of their religious beliefs,” Sherman said in a statement.
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