BREAKING: GOP Resurrects “First Amendment Defense Act” To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination Nationwide

The Hill reports:

A group of 22 GOP senators is reintroducing a controversial measure that would protect opponents of same-sex marriage from federal actions intended to curb discrimination.

The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would bar the federal government from taking any action against individuals who discriminate against same-sex couples or others based on “a sincerely held religious belief.”

The bill would also protect those who discriminate against marriages not recognized under federal law or individuals who engage in sex outside of marriage. The measure was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and 21 Republican co-sponsors, including Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).

During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to sign FADA into law should it reach his desk. You may recall that several major anti-LGBT hate groups withdrew their endorsements of FADA because the bill would also have legalized discrimination against married straight couples on the same grounds. It looks like they’ve found a work-around for that issue in the new version. See below. My many previous reports on FADA are here.