The First Amendment Defense Act is back. Were this to pass it would give conservative Christians special rights to discriminate against LGBT people. It includes government contractors and even federal employees making it overtly odious.
Few surprises in co-sponsors: Mr. LEE (for himself, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. HATCH, Mr. INHOFE, Mr.
BLUNT, Mr. RISCH, Mr. WICKER, Mr. ENZI, Mr. JOHNSON, Mr.
ROUNDS, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. SASSE, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. THUNE, Mr.
PAUL, Mr. PERDUE, Mr. SCOTT, Mr. COTTON, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. CRUZ,
and Mr. MORAN).
Presumably, this will be reintroduced in the House by Paul Labrador as well. It will never pass because it recognizes same-sex marriage. That is unacceptable to the same Christian supremacists who desire the license to discriminate:
(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not take any
discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially
on the basis that such person speaks, or acts, in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief, or moral conviction, that—
(1) marriage is or should be recognized as a
(A) one man and one woman; or
(B) two individuals as recognized under
It will be interesting to see if Brian S. Brown takes credit claiming that donations to National Organization for Marriage are working.