Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brian Brown is touting FADA again - but it's just a pretext for asking for $$$

The email from National Organization for Marriage declares: “It's working!” What Brian S. Brown claims is “working” is public pressure to resuscitate the very dead First Amendment Defense Act, or FADA. Anything is possible but this would require 60 votes in the Senate and those are not there.

The so-called First Amendment Defense Act was introduced in both houses of Congress on June 17, 2015. It has never gotten out of committee, and probably never will because, as originally drafted it was blatantly unconstitutional. Rep. Paul Labrador eventually poison-penned his own bill which now reads:
(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.
FRC dropped its support for the bill. NOM retained theirs knowing that they would use it as an economic vehicle. Obviously few Republicans would vote for a bill that recognizes same-sex marriage.

The text from Brown borders on the pathetic:
We need to keep the pressure up on Congress so that when they return to Washington after Labor Day they give us action, and not more empty promises. That's why I am asking you to please support the National Organization for Marriage with an immediate financial contribution. …
NOM never discloses specifics about how they will spend money because we all know where it really goes. In this case they haven't provided an explanation of what they propose to do to influence Congress. It's NOM and Brian S. Brown. What do you expect?

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