GOP Endorses Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Legislation

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A national religious liberty bill that has been labeled "a Pandora's Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children" by the ACLU, has been accepted by the Republican National Committee Monday.

According to a report in Patriot Post, the RNC is urging the President to sign The First Amendment Defense Act, a piece of legislation that is aimed to protect faith-based discrimination against LGBT Americans. The right-leaning website applauded the RNC's move to adopt the measure "despite the discrimination witch hunts run by the Rainbow Mafia."

"Resolved, The Republican National Committee urges Congress to pass and the President to sign The First Amendment Defense Act to protect the rights of believers to equal treatment by the government of The United States of America," the RNC's resolution concluded.

The Advocate notes that Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans had harsh words for critics of the RNC's move to adopt the bill in light of their recent rejection of a pair of anti-gay resolutions put forward by RNC member Dave Agema.

"Clearly folks on the left are trying to diminish the bold stand against antigay bigotry the RNC took at its most recent meeting," Angelo told the Advocate. "What happened in Cleveland was a major step forward for the GOP."

The First Amendment Defense Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah following the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Labrador and Lee were given 0 and 20 percent respectively on the Human Rights Campaign's congressional scorecard which tracks voting records on key issues that affect the LGBT community.


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