Friday, July 15, 2016

Labrador Blinks - FRC Drops Support for FADA - NOM?

According to Family Research Council's president, Tony Perkins, text changes to the proposed First Amendment Defense Act have effectively made the proposal meaningless causing FRC to withdraw support.

The text of the bill now reads (in part):
(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes, speaks, or acts in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that—

(1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of—
  • (A) two individuals of the opposite sex; or
  • (B) two individuals of the same sex; or
(2) extramarital relations are improper.

Note that this changed language is not provided by congress.gov but, rather, by Paul Ladrador via Family Research Council.


Previously, that section read:

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 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 reserved to such a marriage.
I am loathe to agree with Perkins but he is correct. The bill is now meaningless with respect to its original discriminatory purpose.

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