GOP Pushes Dangerous “First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) ” Right To Discriminate Law

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As ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) lay dead as a door-nail and both the House and Senate are under GOP control.  Republican Senator Mike Lee (UT) and Representative Raul Labrador (ID) co-founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus. Both are pushing for federal legislation that would make anti-gay discrimination legal in all 50 states.

The bill called the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would bar the federal government from taking actions against individuals and organizations based upon their “religious beliefs” or “moral convictions”. The Act provides broad protections against adverse federal actions directed toward individuals and organizations that act on such beliefs.

Freedom for All Americans notes, 

The so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is a broadly written bill that would allow individuals and organizations to discriminate against millions of Americans—including LGBT people, single mothers, unmarried couples, same-sex couples and others—based on their marital status.

“This bill does nothing to advance religious freedom, but it does attack the economic well-being of LGBT Americans all across this country,” said Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans campaign manager.

MSNBC reports, that the bill is extremely dangerous and has an alarming amount of support from House Republicans:

Rank-and-file GOP lawmakers want to be seen fighting against marriage equality, even now, so  they’re rallying behind a bill that would “prohibit the government from retaliating against churches, schools and adoption agencies that only recognize heterosexual marriage.”
When it’s Louie Gohmert demanding a vote on some far-right measure, House Republican leaders find it easy to just roll their eyes and focus attention elsewhere. But when 124 representatives and 34 senators – including several GOP presidential candidates – demand a vote on some far-right measure, the Speaker’s office finds it far more difficult to laugh it off.

The First Amendment Defense Act already has 115 supporters, including prominent Republicans such as Allen Lucas “Luke” Messer (R-Indiana), William “Bill” Flores (R-Texas) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana). already been referred to both the Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

Only one lone Democrat Rep. Dan Lapinski (D-Illinois) has co-sponsored the bill.



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