Twitter icon

Facebook icon

About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Is this your first visit?
Contact us
External links

Recommended books

Visitors' essays
Our forum
New essays
Other features
Buy a CD of this site
Vital notes

World religions
-Christian definition
 -Shared beliefs
 -Handling change
 -Bible topics
 -Bible inerrancy
 -Bible harmony
 -Interpret the Bible
 -Beliefs & creeds
 -Da Vinci code
 -Revelation, 666
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing Religions

Non-theistic beliefs

About all religions
Main topics
Basic information
Gods & Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt & security
Confusing terms
End of the World?
True religion?
Seasonal events
Science vs. Religion
More information

Morality & ethics
Absolute truth

Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious freedom
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten Commandments
Abortion access
Assisted suicide
Death penalty

Same-sex marriage

Human rights
Gays in the military
Sex & gender
Stem cells
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news

Sponsored links



Religious Tolerance logo

Religious freedom to discriminate laws:



Federal First Amendment Defense Act
All points of view:

Some view it as defending the freedom of religion;
others as defending individual's freedom to
discriminate against & denigrate others;
still others as protecting the right of religious
institutions to discriminate against people:
horizontal line

We use the acronym "SSM" to represent "same-sex marriage."
"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

horizontal line


2015-JUN-17: A federal bill, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA):

Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced the FADA bill to Congress as House Bill H.R. 2802. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a companion bill in the Senate, as S. 1598.

A key part of the bill reads:

"... the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage. ..." 1

The bill's summary states that the bill:

"... defines 'person' as any person regardless of religious affiliation, including corporations and other entities regardless of for-profit or nonprofit status.

By coincidence or design, a hearing was held on H.R. 2802 by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee on the one-month anniversary of the mass murders at The Pulse LGBT nightclub in Orlando. This timing, and the bill itself, was perceived by many as being at least partly motivated by hatred of the LGBT community

horizontal rule

Sponsored link

horizontal rule

Topics covered in this section:

  • Part 1: 2015-JUN: Bills filed in House and Senate. Description and scope of the bill.

  • Part 2: Potential impacts if FADA becomes law. Negative reactions to the bill. Republican support for the bill.

  • Part 3: Golden Rule implications of FADA. 2016-JUL: An amended version of the bill is debated before the House committee.

  • Part 4: More debate by the committee. Reactions outside of Congress. Amendments would appear to have no effect.

  • Part 5: FADA loses support. Anti-marriage equality group is "disappointed." Potential impacts of FADA if passed. Explanation of FADA in a nutshell.

  • Part 6: A brief description of the status quo. A concern of some Christian groups. State versions of FADA. (being written)

horizontal rule

Site navigation:

horizontal rule

Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2016-JUL-30
Latest update: 2016-AUG-03
Author: B.A. Robinson
line.gif (538 bytes)
Sponsored link

horizontal rule

Go to the previous page, or to the religious freedom to hate menu, or choose:

    horizontal rule


    Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

    E-mail us about errors, etc.  Hot, controversial topics

    FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

    Twitter link

    Facebook icon

    Google Page Translator:

    This page translator works on Firefox,
    Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

    After translating, click on the "show
    original" button at the top of this
    page to restore page to English.

Sponsored links