Block the Anti-Woman, Anti-LGBTQ First Amendment Defense Act
A bill that will allow discrimination and overrule civil rights protections has been introduced this month with little media attention by Senator Mike Lee (UT) and 21 male GOP co-sponsors. The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), S. 2525, explicitly states that people in same-sex marriages and people who have sex outside marriage can be denied jobs, housing, grants, education, services, and more. If passed, this bill will open the door to legally discriminate against single mothers, unmarried couples, and the LGBTQ community.
In addition, FADA will ban the government from taking action to curb discrimination, such as withdrawing funding from institutions that deny services to unwed mothers or the LGBTQ community. It will also allow individuals and businesses to sue the federal government for interfering in their right to discriminate.
The bill’s exact wording is as follows:
“To ensure that 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 marriage is or should be recognized as a union of one man and one woman, or two individuals as recognized under Federal law, or that sexual relations outside marriage are improper.”
The following 21 GOP senators are co-sponsors:
Marco Rubio (R-FL); Mike Crapo (R-ID), Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Jim Inhofe (R-OK); Roy Blunt (R-MO); Jim Risch (R-ID); Roger Wicker (R-MS); Mike Enzi (R-WY); Ron Johnson (R-WI); Mike Rounds (R-SD); John Barrasso (R-WY); Ben Sasse (R-NE); John Hoeven (R-ND); John Thune (R-SD); Rand Paul (R-KY); David Perdue (R-GA); Tim Scott (R-SC); Tom Cotton (R-AR); John Boozman (R-AR); Ted Cruz (R-TX); and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
Trump has vowed to sign the bill if it passes. We must spread the word about this anti-woman, anti-gay legislation and insist that our elected leaders block this anti-American bill from becoming law. This stops NOW.
Call your senator to urge them to block FADA. Then send them a tweet so their followers can learn about the potential dangerous consequences of this bill.
Here’s a sample call script:
My name is ____ and I am calling from ____ to express my concern over the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), S.2525. I am urging Senator ______ to block FADA and uphold the civil rights protections for women and the LGBTQ community. Congress must uphold the constitutional rights of all Americans, not solely the religious beliefs of one group at the expense of others. Thank you.
Here’s a sample tweet:
@Senator___ The First Amendment Defense Act is a guise to violate the rights of women, unmarried couples, and the LGBTQ community. Protect civil rights and the separation of church and state. @ResistNOW