U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has announced this week that he will reintroduce the discriminatory anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act to the republican controlled House of Representatives for a vote.
FADA would prohibit the federal government from taking “discriminatory action” against any business or person that discriminates against LGBTQ people. The act distinctly aims to protect the right of all entities (church, privately owned businesses and individuals) to refuse service to LGBTQ people based on two sets of beliefs: “(1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
FADA was first filed in the House and Senate in 2015, but was met with protests from Democrats and resulted in just one House hearing amid concerns that Obama would veto the bill. It is currently co-sponsored by 171 House Republicans and just one Democrat (Daniel Lipinski of Illinois.)
Jennifer Pizer, Law and Policy Director at Lambda Legal, states that the FADA “invites widespread, devastating discrimination against LGBT people” and is a deeply unconstitutional bill.
“This proposed new law violates both Equal Protection and the Establishment Clause by elevating one set of religious beliefs above all others,” Pizer said, “And by targeting LGBT Americans as a group, contrary to settled constitutional law.”
The law would also prevent the government from penalizing or attempting to deny special tax incentives and credits to those who discriminate against LGBT people.
Donald Trump promised to sign FADA into law during his presidential campaign.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) spoke out against Bruce Springsteen’s decision to boycott North Carolina over its anti-LGBT law, calling the rock icon a “bully” and suggesting that his fans should flock to go see Justin Bieber instead.
Via the Hollywood Reporter
“It’s disappointing he’s not following through on his commitments. We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber. I’ve never been a Bieber fan, but I might have to go. Maybe artists who weren’t ‘born to run’ deserve a little bit more support. Bruce is known to be on the radical left, and he’s got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic. It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home.”
“I choose to stand with our sheriffs, who support this bill, which doesn’t target the LGBTQ community; it targets imposters. It’s a little crazy to think sexual predators wouldn’t be devious enough to pull something off if they were free to go into any bathroom they want…I would just like to intellectually explain to Bruce Springsteen the safety aspect of this bill, which is about four pages long. Sometimes people only hear one side of the story.”
A clueless bigoted bully calling someone else a bully.
Back2Stonewall.com has reached out to both Def Leopard, Justin Bieber and all other musical artists who will be performing in North Carolina over the next few months asking then to stand with the LGBT Community and follow Bruce Springsteen’s example and cancel their upcoming concerts in solidarity.
We ask that you all take 5 minutes and do the same.
List of upcoming North Carolina concerts
North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper (D) has announced that he will not defend the constitutionality of his state’s newly-enacted anti-LGBT law. Cooper is running for governor against incumbent anti-gay republican Pat McCrory, who has issued lie-filled statements in support of the law, which excludes LGBT citizens statewide from all discrimination protections.
“Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t repeal it,” Cooper said. “We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law.”
Republican Senate leader Phil Berger said Tuesday that Cooper should resign as attorney general for failing to defend the law, and accused him of pandering to left-wing backers as he runs for governor.
“I’m doing my job and will continue to do my job,” Cooper responded, noting that the new law conflicts with policies in his office and the state treasurer’s office protecting employees from discrimination based on things such as sexual orientation and marital status.
“Employees who get the job done here should be welcome without fear of discrimination,” he said. “Therefore our office will not represent the defendants in this lawsuit nor future lawsuits involving the constitutionality” of the law, he added.
Cooper, the attorney general since 2001, commended Georgia’s Republican Gov. Nathan Deal for vetoing his state’s “religious freedom” bill on Monday
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
If Georgia chooses to turn the “religious liberty” bill into law, be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl. That was the suggestion from the NFL on Friday when the league released a statement in response to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s question about whether the league had any position on Georgia House Bill 757.
The statement from league spokesman Brian McCarthy reads, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”
Falcons owner Arthur Blank has hoped to land multiple Super Bowls in the team’s new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The NFL has previously moved a Super Bowl from Arizona to the Rose Bowl near Los Angeles in the 1992 season after that state refused to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday.
WOOT there it is!
I wonder if the good “Christians” of ‘Merica will boycott the NFL over this?
The Russian parliament is set to pass a new draconian anti-LGBT law that would ban any and all displays affection between gay people in its latest assault on LGBT rights.
The Russian Duma is set to vote this week on a law that will ban any sign of affection between two gay people in the country – meaning kissing or even holding hands which could lead to a fine and/or a two-week prison sentence.
Putin has recently claimed he condemns homophobia and is targeting what he calls “non-traditional sexual relations” as a corrupting influence on Russia’s morality and society.
In 2013, Russia passed a controversial law that banned “gay propaganda,” public speech or demonstrations equating gay lifestyles to straight ones, saying it may influence children.
Like its predecessor, the draft law is vague and does not explicitly state what acts are forbidden. But Ivan Nikitchuk, a member of the Communist Party and one of the bill’s sponsors in the State Duma, has some ideas.
Daniil Turovsky, a journalist for the Russian-language news site Meduza, asked Nikitchuk in an interview published Thursday. “People are walking down the street, holding hands or kissing. The police walk up and detain them?”
“Naturally,” Nikitchuk replied. “That is exactly what is supposed to happen. We are stopping them from exhibiting their demonic desires, which the West would force on us…” he continued. “Excuse me, this is Russia. We have a country where tradition has always been respected, where people have had and continue to have a conscience, an understanding of shame. And all these kissing bearded men do not evoke anything besides vomit.”
There has been no comment from the United States on the new anti-gay law.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is once again taking a wishy-washy approach to detrimental issues that ccould affect not only athletes but also spectators in Olympic locations by pink washing the Russiam Parliament’s passed “non-traditional relationships propaganda” aka the Anti-Gay Propagand Law and has issued a release saying that it will welcome openly LGBT Olympians when they travel to Russia to compete at the winter games in 2014 but does not condemn the country itself for its violation of human rights against LGBT Russians.
The IOC hopes to quell the fears that openly gay and lesbian athletes will be targeted at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics and they have released an official statement addressing the issue only sating that they were “concerned” about the bill becoming law and they remain committed “to non-discrimination against those taking part in the Olympic Games.”
It’s not only appalling that the IOC would hold the games in a country that doesn’t support all the athletes nut to only be “concerned” and not to come right out and condemn Russia’s anti-gay law which ,makes public displays and information about homosexuality punishable by fine and/or prison time and deportation is making light of a very serious human rights issue that has already led to massive violence against the LGBT community in Russia.
Source: The Advocate