Conservatives Push First Amendment Defense Act in Wake of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Carlos McKnight holds up a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2015.
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From Rachel Roubein writing at National Journal:

Even before the Supreme Court delivered a historic victory for gay rights, conservatives on Capitol Hill had begun readying themselves to protect those with the opposite mindset: Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

Last week, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador introduced legislation that would bar the federal government from discriminating against opponents of same-sex marriage. The bill, called the First Amendment Defense Act would mean the federal government couldn’t prevent individuals, businesses, or associations from receiving grants, contracts, licenses, tax exemptions, certifications, and more.

“Our bill shields against federal intrusion without taking anything away from anyone,” Labrador, an Idaho Republican, said. “In a shifting landscape, it’s time that Congress proactively defend this sacred right.”

Read the rest of the story at National Journal.

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