All but two of the remaining Republican presidential candidates have vowed to support proposed legislation that would see discrimination against LGBTI people legalised.
The legislation which disguises discrimination as protecting religious liberty would put a stop to the federal government interfering with people or businesses who believe that “marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman” or that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
The First Amendment Defense Act has been described as “a Pandora’s Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children,” by The American Civil Liberties Union and effectively enables people and businesses license to openly discriminate against same-sex couples.
Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee are backing the First Amendment Defense Act, pledging to enact it into law within the first 100 days of being elected.
Other republican candidates including Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Donald Trump have also “publicly expressed support for FADA,” according to Maggie Gallagher, Senior Fellow at American Principles Project.
The First Amendment Defense Act is also being backed by the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and Family Research Council Action.
Last Updated on Dec 21, 2015