Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and former head of National Organization for Marriage is pushing the First Amendment Defense Act pledge. The pledge is the handiwork of American Principles in Action, Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action. Family Research Council is a certified anti-gay hate group. The pledge binds Republican presidential candidates to seek passage of FADA and sign it into law.

According to Gallagher (via American Family Association’s “news” blog):

“That’s the most important step we can do to prevent the Left from redefining Christian views on sex and marriage as a form of racism that the government can punish,” she says of the legislation. “It’s a simple bill: it says basically the federal government can’t punish you in any way.”

Gallagher, who expects FADA will be “a pivotal issue” in 2016, reports good news about the responses thus far from presidential hopefuls.

Gallagher, Maggie”Two out of three of the top [GOP] candidates in the country – Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – agreed that they would prioritize and push the First Amendment Defense Act,” she shares. “Donald Trump, unfortunately, refused to make that commitment – although he did say he would sign it if Congress passes it.”

It is a “simple bill.” It simply gives people license to discriminate in public accommodations, housing and employment.

First of all, as I wrote about in June when the text was first published, the proposed bill defines a person as an individual or an entity such as a corporation. Thereafter, this is the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in reverse. The bill almost encourages discrimination. It is written in such a way as to license discrimination based on disapproval of gay people. It also reverses Obama’s executive orders regarding government contractors.

What I find most offensive is that the bill is written as if these Christians were an oppressed minority. According to FADA it is they who must be protected from discrimination. It’s enough to make you want to vomit.

The good news is that this piece of crap will probably die in committee. It lacks sufficient support to get through the Senate and possibly the House. Obama is certainly not signing it.

So one more time ad nauseum. Repeat after me: In November we must get our people to the polls.

What Congress should be working on is ways to protect LGBT citizens from discrimination in the workplace. ENDA is an achievable goal if we change the makeup of Congress.

Out of curiosity, has anyone ever seen a photo of Ms. Gallagher with her husband?

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.