President-elect Donald Trump is poised to make it legal to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans under the First Amendment. In fact, if the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is passed, then porn stars and even unwed people in sexual relationships could be legally discriminated against.
FADA basically protects two ultra conservative beliefs: that marriage is strictly a union between a man and a woman, and that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage. Now, FADA doesn't make it a crime to defy those beliefs, so it won't lead to LGBTQ round ups. But the bill does allow businesses and individuals to use those beliefs to deny services or jobs to homosexuals, fornicators and others who don't abide by those values.
So imagine being refused service at a restaurant because you're gay, or being turned down for a job because you use Tinder for hooking up.
And the scary thing is that FADA stands a decent chance of passing - even though it failed once already. The bill was first introduced to Congress in June of 2015, but it didn't gain much support due to assumptions that President Obama would veto it. But the bill's backers - Senator Ted Cruz (R - Texas) and Senator Mike Lee (R - Utah) - believe that the political climate is right to move this legislation forward.
“We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress," Conn Carroll --a spokesperson for Senator Mike Lee (R) - told BuzzFeed recently. "Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year.”
Right now, the odds are in FADA's favor since the Republicans control both the House and the Senate. And President-elect Donald Trump said that he would sign FADA into law if it reached his desk.
"If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths," Trump said in a statement posted to his website.
So we may be on the verge of seeing the U.S. constitution turned into a weapon against the sexual liberation movement.
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