A House committee will consider a
proposed “religious freedom” bill that seeks to protect
individuals opposed to marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Introduced June 17, 2015 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.
According to the Washington
Blade, the House Committee on Oversight & Government has
scheduled a hearing on the bill amid pressure from Christian
conservative groups opposed to marriage equality, including the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
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Out Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode
Island denounced the move, calling it an “election year stunt to
rally conservatives at the expense of LGBT Americans.”
A Hill staffer told the Blade
that the hearing will take place July 12, the one-month anniversary
of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead
and injured dozens.
The American Principles Project and NOM
are among the groups pressuring Republicans to move on the