Religious freedom to discriminate laws:
Federal First Amendment Defense
All points of view:
Some view it as defending
others as defending
& denigrate others;
as protecting the right of religious
institutions to discriminate against people:
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.
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
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.
Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2016-JUL-30
Latest update: 2016-AUG-03
Author: B.A. Robinson