Fed’l religious freedom bill, First Amendment Defense Act, seen to enable anti-LGBT bias

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    Jul 10, 2015 11:50 PM GMT

    This is making rounds again among the right wing cabal icon_rolleyes.gif


    LGBT advocates oppose the legislation, saying it reaches beyond its stated purpose and, like controversial religious freedom measures in Indiana and Arkansas that were later scaled back, would similarly enable anti-LGBT discrimination, but at a national level.

    Ian Thompson, legislative director for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the legislation would “eviscerate” the executive order signed President Obama last year barring federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBT bias in the workplace.

    “This sweeping and dangerous bill would open a Pandora’s Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children,” Thompson said. “Attempting to wrap this discriminatory proposal in the language of the Bill of Rights does not change the reality of its attack on our national values of fairness and equal treatment under the law for all.”

    David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, the legislation would “create a breakdown of government services and runaway litigation” and called on members of Congress to oppose the bill.

    “Not only is it wrong to promote discrimination with taxpayers’ money, it’s even worse to allow those taxpayer funds to be used to reward discriminatory actions by federal employees,” Stacy said. “We call on members of Congress to oppose this reckless and irresponsible legislation that has nothing to do with the First Amendment and everything to do with taxpayer-funded discrimination. It’s time for Congress to prove they are not out of touch and to stand on the right side of history with the far majority of Americans who support fairness and equality for all Americans.”
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    Jul 11, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
    ELNathB said
    This is making rounds again among the right wing cabal icon_rolleyes.gif
    And they're probably not gonna stop with this, even after it get nixed. They'll just think up some other way of saying the same thing: "We hate fags and wanna legislate them back into the public parks and airport restrooms where we still enjoy having our fun."
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    Jul 12, 2015 8:14 AM GMT
    We need to stop gerrymandering.

    We need to vote.

    We need to be out.

    The most acceptance will be gained by being out, and "normal" / not weird.

    DOMA was turned off.

    This has been decided, but, we still need to get rid of Citizens United, The Horrible GOP, and gerrymandering...all of which work against personal liberty.
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    Jul 12, 2015 9:10 AM GMT
    I got two words to say to discriminatory bills under the disguise of "religious freedom", filibuster and veto.
  • NursePractiti...

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    Jul 12, 2015 11:17 AM GMT
    What I'd like to see as well is all the LGBTQ service people come out. How dare the republican establishment tell our military that it's ok to throw yourself in danger to protect this country, but Hey your gay, your not equal to us so my religious beliefs trump your rights as a human being. Might see some change in this bigotry then. Especially if done during an election year.