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Religious Liberty Bill, Unthinkable during Obama Presidency, is Reborn in the Age of Trump

Doug Mainwaring : Mar 12, 2018 : LifeSiteNews.com

"...the First Amendment Defense Act simply ensures that this will always be true in America-that federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation or their tax status." -Sen. Mike Lee

(Washington, DC)-[LifeSiteNews.com] Republican senators have breathed new life into a religious liberty protection bill, the passage of which was deemed hopeless while Barack Obama occupied the oval office. (Photo: Sen. Mike Lee/via LifeSiteNews.com)

The newest version of the bill, however, also contains language that labels support for same-sex "marriage," as long as recognized by federal law, a "religious liberty" issue like belief in man-woman marriage.

On Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, reintroduced The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). It is a bill designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.

"What an individual or organization believes about the traditional definition of marriage is not-and should never be-a part of the government's decision-making process when distributing licenses, accreditations, or grants," said Sen. Lee.

"And the First Amendment Defense Act simply ensures that this will always be true in America-that federal bureaucrats will never have the authority to require those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage to choose between their living in accordance with those beliefs and maintaining their occupation or their tax status," he said.

FADA prohibits the federal government from taking adverse action against individuals or institutions based on their definition of marriage or beliefs about premarital sex. It creates a cause of action in federal court for individuals or institutions that have been discriminated against by the government. Plaintiffs can seek injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and compensatory damages...

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