At this point, Republicans need purpose. With their tax giveaway to the rich complete, a mesmerizing Russia investigation that they want nothing to do with and a commander in chief who announces trade wars and bilateral thermonuclear talks on a whim, Republicans are in a desperate way. Time to resurrect the good ol' days when hating on LGBTQ Americans was the lynchpin to turning out their base. Leave it to Utah Sen. Mike Lee for a nostalgic return to the GOP's anti-gay days of glory with the reintroduction of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). It's a glorified "license to discriminate" bill targeted directly at same-sex marriage. Think Progress's Zack Ford writes:
FADA singles out a specific set of conservative beliefs for special dispensation to discriminate: those who oppose same-sex marriage and those who oppose sex outside of marriage. The bill defines these privileges as such:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person speaks, or acts, in accordance with a sincerely held religious belief, or moral conviction, that —
(1) marriage is or should be recognized as a union of—
(A) one man and one woman;
(B) two individuals as recognized under Federal law; or
(2) sexual relations outside marriage are improper.
The language here is fairly insidious. A person who is held accountable for treating others unfairly because they oppose their same-sex relationship or their decision to engage in premarital sex would be considered a victim of “discriminatory action.” They would be entitled to cite FADA as a defense that they should not be in any way punished for their own discriminatory actions.
Exactly, because people who oppose same-sex marriage are the real victims here.