Social Conservative Group Withdraws Support for FADA

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FRC Action, the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the socially conservative Family Research Council, withdrew support from the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in response to an amendment to the bill acknowledging a diversity of views on the definition of marriage.

“Unfortunately, the proposed language of FADA was changed late last week by bill sponsors in response to criticism to make it protect the view that marriage is the union of ‘two individuals of the same sex’ as well as the view that it is ‘two individuals of the opposite sex,’” FRC Action said in a statement.

FRC Action also claimed that the bill’s amended language legitimizes last summer’s Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, which legalized gay marriage nationwide.

“It is unfortunate that the bill sponsors decided to affirm the Court’s redefinition when it is clear the Left does not want a live and let live policy which the original version of FADA supported,” the FRC Action statement went on to say. “Members of Congress should not be asked to implicitly affirm the Supreme Court’s illegitimate decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in order to protect religious liberty or conscience rights, a message that was clearly articulated in the GOP platform this week.”

However, despite what FRC Action says, far from enabling leftist meddling, FADA offers new protections in the wake of the Obergefell decision.

FRC Action claimed in their statement that “The Court’s ruling and the Obama administration is already promoting such views, but natural marriage supporters are not protected from government punishment at all…” This is precisely the situation that FADA is attempting to remedy. Continue Reading