The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently approved a resolution backing passage of a bill that seeks to protect opponents of marriage equality.

Introduced June 17 by Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Paul Labrador of Idaho, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) seeks to bar federal “discriminatory action” against those who oppose such unions based on a “religious belief or moral conviction.”

“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 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,” the bill states.

Ellen Barrosse, the RNC chair of the Conservative Steering Committee, told The Daily Signal that the resolution is “an attempt, for those of us who are people of faith, to protect religious organizations.”

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, condemned the RNC's action.

“The right to believe is fundamental, but the right to use taxpayer dollars to promote discrimination is not,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs for the Human Rights Campaign. “It's no wonder the RNC attempted to keep quiet its support for a reckless and irresponsible bill that would promote discrimination with taxpayers’ money and reward discriminatory actions by federal employees with taxpayer funding. Those Republican candidates who choose not to speak out against this RNC resolution should not be shocked when LGBT Americans choose to not give them the benefit of the doubt next November.”