Thursday, June 30, 2016

House Committee Schedules Anti-LGBT Legislation Hearing For One Month Anniversary Of Orlando Massacre

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz
They say timing is everything.

So, you have to wonder about House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz's decision to schedule a hearing for the anti-LGBT "First Amendment Defense Act" (also known as FADA) on July 12 - exactly one month to the day that the nation was rocked by the deadliest mass shooting incident (and the worst anti-LGBT hate crime) in the history of the country.

The legislation would allow anyone who claims "deeply-held religious beliefs" the right to legally discriminate against LGBT folks.

The bill was introduced in the House last year, and has had no movement since. So, it's odd that Chaffetz would now decide to hold a hearing, except to present his "dog and pony show" as an election year stunt to placate anti-LGBT Americans.

According to the official summary for the bill, the First Amendment Defense Act "prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

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