On Thursday Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a bill that, if passed, would make it legal for private individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBT Americans by citing religious objections.
The proposed law stipulates that the Federal Government cannot penalize through “discriminatory action” any individual who “speaks, or acts, in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as a union of one man and one woman, or two individuals as recognized under Federal law, or that sexual relationship outside marriage are improper.”
The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is a draconian policy advocated by conservative Christian Nationalist extremists eager to install a de facto Christian theocracy. The legislation is designed to be a vehicle to legally discriminate against those who do not share their “Christian” values.
FADA explicitly promotes anti-LGBT discrimination by providing special protections for people who wish to claim their religious faith prohibits them from performing certain acts, including baking a cake for a same-sex wedding, or allowing a child to be adopted by a same-sex couple.
FADA would also allow discrimination against single mothers, unwed couples, interfaith couples, and interracial couples
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged his support for the First Amendment Defense Act to reinforce his position among evangelicals extremist.