The First Amendment Defense Act would allow hospitals, governments, universities, and businesses to ignore same-sex marriage, deny women health care, and fire gay people.
Oh the danger is coming down the road for LGBTQ folks, and others who don’t fit the bill as far as the religious right is concerned. Jay Michaelson writing over at the Daily Beast has this to say in his excellent article. This article is a must read for everyone concerned about civil rights. Mr. Michaelson’s article, The GOP’s Anti-LGBT, Anti-Women, “Religious Freedom Law on Steroids opens this way:
“The First Amendment Defense Act is the nuclear version of the so-called “religious freedom” laws that have appeared across the country, most infamously in Mike Pence’s Indiana. The Republican House will surely pass it, the Senate will pass it unless it’s filibustered by Democrats, and President-elect Trump has promised to sign it. If it becomes law, FADA will be the worst thing to happen to women and LGBT people in a generation.” First, the bill applies to any corporation, organization, or person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
You think denying same sex couples a wedding cake was bad, peanuts compared to this shit, how about thinking about this, your same-sex married partner is laying on the floor, the medics come, one of them has an inkling that you are a gay couple, he asks, who are you? and you say we are married. He then can refuse to help you do to his religious convictions. Religious affiliated hospitals can refuse you even in an emergency, and doctors can refuse to treat you, your partner or your children.
Read this from Mr. Michaelson: “The more important cases are ones like hospitals refusing to treat LGBT people (or their children), pharmacies refusing to fill birth control prescriptions, businesses refusing to offer health benefits to a same-sex partner, and state-funded adoption agencies refusing to place kids with gay families. Underneath the rhetorical BS, that’s what FADA is all about”
or this: “Overall, FADA makes LGBTs officially second-class citizens of the United States – more like those in anti-gay countries like Putin’s Russia. We may be fired, barred from entry, denied services, denied health care, denied education, and denied legitimacy in ways that straight married people (and probably most straight unmarried people) do not. My fully legal marriage isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, because no one anywhere has to respect it, not even a government employee.”
What kind of religion is this?
We got a fight on our hands, a big fight, we got to fight like we never fought before. We can call on our collective stories from our times past and know where such laws lead to. We know what such hateful people can do all in the name of some religion or the state. One thing is clear They are coming for us and we had better be ready.
We usually are not big on contacting our Senators or Representatives but in this case we will and ask that you do too. To find out who you should contact go to HERE.