We Are Running out of Time to get Congress to Vote on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA)

In part, the FADA legislation reads, 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 accordance with 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 served to such a marriage.

We Are Running out of Time to get Congress to Vote on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA)
By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

Now that everyone is hopefully back from a long 4th of July weekend, we have some work to do.  We are running out of time to get Congress to vote on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), before they go on their August recess. Rep. Labrador and Sen. Lee’s First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), S. 1598 and H.R. 2802 was written to preserve our religious liberty.

It has now been over one year since the Obergefell v. HodgesSupreme Court decision.  That case redefined marriage and opened the door for federal agencies to discriminate against those who believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. FADA would prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals and nonprofit organizations, by denying them a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification just because they believe marriage is a union of one man and one woman. FADA would not apply to private businesses.

Tea Parties and other conservatives have done a great job lobbying Congress for support on FADA, and we have gotten 171 House Republicans to publicly support the FADA.  Unfortunately this bill is still stalled in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, despite the fact that 23 of the 25 committee members are cosponsors.  Both House Leadership and Chairman Chaffetz have refused to act.

It has been reported that a hearing for FADA is finally scheduled forJuly 12.  We need Republican members on the committee to demand Chairman Chaffetz hold not only a hearing but a markup on FADA before the August recess.

One of the people said to be testifying at the July 12 hearing is the Atlanta fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, who was fired from his job by the city because they alleged that his traditional marriage views meant he was anti-gay.  Therefore Atlanta believed they had the right to punish Cochran for his views because anti-gay legislation sanctioned state-sponsored discrimination.  If the FADA had passed, Atlanta could have been prevented from taking punitive action against Cochran for holding views that are exactly the same as the vast majority of other Americans.

In part, the FADA legislation reads,

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 accordance with 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 served to such a marriage.

Congressman Will Hurd is one of the 25 committee members.  For the full list of members on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee click here.

To read more from Heritage on this, click Here.

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