GOP reintroduces bill pitting ‘religious freedom’ against gay marriage

Mar 13, 2018

By Julie Moreau

The First Amendment Defense Act, commonly known as FADA, has been reintroduced in Congress by Senator Mike Lee of Utah and 21 other Republicans — despite being called “harmful,” “discriminatory” and the “vilest anti-LGBT religious freedom bill of our time” by gay rights advocates.

The bill, Lee said, is “designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.”

“What an individual or organization believes about the traditional definition of marriage is not — and should never be — a part of the government’s decision-making process when distributing licenses, accreditations or grants,” Lee said in a statement. “The First Amendment Defense Act simply ensures that this will always be true in America — that federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation or their tax status.”

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One comment on “GOP reintroduces bill pitting ‘religious freedom’ against gay marriage”

  • @OP – The bill, Lee said, is “designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.”

    Or translated from the reverse projection:

    The bill, is “designed to ALLOW individuals or institutions TO discriminate with impunity, against minorities of individuals, based on bigoted beliefs about marriage”, and to prevent the federal government from or institutions, from upholding the right , to equal treatment before the law, of all citizens.

    It is the standard claim: “My interfering illegal bigotry, gets a free-pass, because it is wearing the badge of MY religion!” – and MY delusional, tribalist,, political-stooge supporters, have endorsed it

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