2 House Democrats Join 58 Republicans In Sponsoring Bill To Protect Anti-Gay Bigots


House Democrats Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) have joined Tea Party backed Rep. Paul Labrador (R-ID) and 57 other Republican co-sponsors in introducing the “Marriage And Religious Freedom Act.”  The bill would ban the federal government from taking any “adverse action” against the opponents of same-sex marriage.

The purpose of the bill is to let individual federal employees, contractors, and grantees refuse to do their jobs or fulfill the terms of their taxpayer-funded contracts because because they have a  religious view about certain lawfully-married gay couples, or LGBT individuals – and then to sue the federal government for damages if they don’t get their way.

Of course Brian brown of The National Organization for Marriage is thrilled saying:

“This is a critical piece of legislation to protect religious liberty as a cornerstone of our country and deserves our full support.  Efforts to redefine marriage pose a direct threat to the free exercise of religion. This legislation would protect the right of organizations to communicate their views about marriage without threat that the tax code will be used to punish them. We applaud Congressman Labrador and his colleagues for their leadership on this important issue.”

Contact Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) @ (202) 225-2731 and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) @ (202) 225 – 5701 and give them a piece of your mind over co-signing onto this bill that has nothing to do with Religious liberty and everything to do with bigotry and LGBT discrimination

6 thoughts on “2 House Democrats Join 58 Republicans In Sponsoring Bill To Protect Anti-Gay Bigots

  1. The Marriage and Religious Freedom act is to prohibit discrimination against those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. It really has nothing to do with LGBT discrimination or bigotry. There are plenty of religious people who support LGBT rights. Religious liberties are already being compromised in our society today. People want to take God completely out of it. Our country was founded on Biblical principals…and we can’t change that fact. Those who still believe in the traditional values of marriage bring forth this act for the protection of their liberties…and there is nothing wrong with that.

    1. “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” -Treaty of Tripoli, 1796, unanimously passed by Congress and signed by several Founding Fathers. So as well as defending bigotry, you are factually incorrect.

      1. The credibility of that statement in the Treaty of Tripoli remains a mystery. Although it was passed by Congress, the english translation doesn’t accurately convey the original arabic document. Despite this, the same Treaty was superceded by a second that was signed in 1805, and it did not contain that particular phrase. There is a lot of debate on that quote, but the basis for it was to prevent the notion that the “Christian Religion” would govern the terms of the treaty(very important when dealing with a Muslim country). When saying that our country was founded on Biblical principals, that means the our constitution was inspired by the moral principals of the Ten Commandments. Our founding fathers advocated for religious freedoms and thought that religion(of any kind) needed to be separate from government. However, Christianity was a big part of our early culture and it’s inconsistent to say that our founding fathers didn’t base the foundation of our country on christian values.

  2. This is still a conversation? Why? I am straight, married 25 yrs and know so many wonderful gay people that have way higher standards and morals compared to most of the straight people I know.
    Why is it so hard to just LIVE AND LET LIVE in.Peace, with the same rights that should obviously be equal to all. Think about all the beautiful children these individuals and couples alike are raising with no security that their parents are given the same rights as all other parents?
    It is really disturbing to know that this is STILL even an issue. They aren’t going away! So please, just do the RIGHT THING and give all citizens equal rights, no less no more than others.
    As stated, they aren’t going anywhere, yet growing in numbers as more have more support and not afraid to come out. Thanks for your consideration and making this dream come true ,a GOD GIVEN right for millions and millions of wonderful, upstanding ,tax paying, law abiding citizens.
    Haley Haynes

  3. Nate: “It really has nothing to do with LGBT discrimination or bigotry.”
    The credibility of that statement is zill.

    It has everything to to with bigotry no matter how you cloak it. Religious Freedom is not absolute and never has been. No matter how you twist it you can not stone gay people legally in this country. Nor can you stone disobedient children. Go eat some shrimp at a divorcee’s second marriage you hypocrite.

    Segregationists used the bible to justify their bigotry, nice to see you align yourself with them.

    1. LoveIrony,
      I’m sorry if I offended you. However, if I have used the Bible for justification, then please point out the specific references.
      I agree that religious freedom is not absolute. That is evident from previous court cases. And the first Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” However, I don’t agree with how some people are being treated over their belief in traditional marriage. Let me ask this, the bigotry/hate towards same-sex couples, is it not the same bigotry/hate towards religious people? I don’t think the definition of bigotry changes between groups of people with different beliefs and doctrines, if it has I would like to know about it. In the First Amendment, after the establishment clause, it states, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It doesn’t take a genius to know that that means the government, in most instances, is prohibited from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion. With all of this said, the “Marriage And Religious Freedom Act” is a bill that protects religious and even non-religious people’s ideology from the government under their First Amendment rights.

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