The Daily Signal is reporting at long last a hearing has been scheduled for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on July 12.
The First Amendment Defense Act is a modest piece of legislation that prevents the federal government from discriminating against individuals because they define marriage as one man and one woman, or believe sex is properly confined to such a marriage. It has 171 House sponsors (including one Democrat), but it has not yet been advanced out of the committee headed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), even though 23 of the 25 Republicans on the committee are cosponsors.
Dan Holler at the Heritage Foundation’s 501(c)(4), Heritage for Action in America, is running an online advocacy campaign urging House leaders to pass FADA:
“Although it is encouraging the committee is moving forward with a hearing on this important legislation, the real objective is a committee markup in July,” Holler said. “Given the bill’s broad support, both on the committee and within the Republican conference as a whole, there is no reason for delay.”
Maybe a sit-in on the House floor would help get Paul Ryan going?
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.