Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-05-23
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Anti-LGBTQ "First Amendment Defense Act" proposed by GOP senators, HRC responds
From an HRC press release
2018-03-08

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, responded to a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Lee ( R-UT ), called the "First Amendment Defense Act" ( FADA ), which seeks to permit discrimination by individuals, many businesses, and non-profit organizations against same-sex couples, single parents and unmarried couples:

The bill, cosponsored by 21 Senate Republicans, would bar the federal government from ameliorating discrimination against same-sex couples, single parents, and unmarried couples when an entity evokes a sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction. Under FADA, individuals, many businesses and non-profit organizations using taxpayer funds could openly violate non-discrimination policies or refuse to serve same-sex couples. As long as they claimed their actions are based on their belief about marriage, the government would have little recourse.

"The First Amendment Defense Act is harmful legislation that would legalize state-sanctioned discrimination and undermine key civil rights protections for LGBTQ people," said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. "Supporters of this legislation are using religious liberty as a sword to hurt LGBTQ families rather than staying true to our long tradition of it serving as a shield to protect religious expression from government overreach."

FADA would roll back critical protections for LGBTQ people and their families:

Executive Order 11,246 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. However, under this Act, the federal government would be required to continue to contract with a non-profit business or organization with a record of discriminatory employment practices against married gays and lesbians if that employer cited as the reason for the discrimination their belief that same-sex marriage was wrong.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) has issued guidance that shelters receiving HUD grants must not discriminate against same-sex married couples. A non-profit organization could cite this Act and provide their religious conviction against same-sex marriage as a reason to put a same-sex couple back on the street.

The Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA ) provides explicit protections from discrimination against LGBTQ beneficiaries. However, under this Act, an emergency shelter receiving VAWA funds to provide services for survivors of intimate partner violence could turn away someone in a same-sex marriage because of their religious belief.

The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act grants a statutory right to 12 weeks of leave for personal illness or caregiving — including caring for a spouse. The Department of Labor has made clear that these rights extend to same-sex married couples regardless of where they live. However, under this Act, closely-held businesses or not-for-profit organizations would be allowed to discriminate by refusing to let a gay or lesbian employee care for their sick spouse despite these clear federal protections.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on a nearly identical version of FADA in July 2016. Senator Lee testified in favor of FADA at the hearing.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

State rep alleges retaliations from Madigan's allies 2018-05-23 - Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago )—who, this past winter, spoke publicly about sexual-harassment allegations in House Speaker Michael Madigan's political operations—is ...


Gay News

LGBT victories in Tuesday's voting 2018-05-23 - There was big news out of Texas Tuesday night. Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas in a run-off primary ...


Gay News

Court Strikes Unlawful Policy That Denied Health Care to Incarcerated Transgender Woman 2018-05-23 - ( St. Louis, MO, May 23, 2018 ) —A federal district court has struck down a Missouri Department of Corrections ( MDOC ) ...


Gay News

Non-binary support group to meet May 23 2018-05-23 - Two nonbinary community members are facilitating a support group for adults who identify as nonbinary and is interested in attending a two-hour meeting ...


Gay News

Advocates, health providers laud new PrEP approval 2018-05-23 - Local HIV/AIDS advocates and health officials hailed a decision by the Food and Drug Administration approving the use of the oral medication Truvada ...


Gay News

Comcast, Out and Equal host forum on adoption 2018-05-23 - About 40 people from various organizations attended Comcast's Out and Equal's event, "Ever Thought About Adoption?," on May 16 at 901 W. Weed ...


Gay News

VIEWS Pimping King 2018-05-23 - With 2018 being the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, commemorations honoring the man will be taking place across ...


Gay News

LETTER Ban on the run 2018-05-23 - The Honorable James N. Mattis Secretary Department of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Mattis: On behalf of the ...


Gay News

THEATER: 'THE ORIGINALIST' Talk on LGBT rights, law and religion follows performance 2018-05-22 - University of Chicago Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Law and Ethics Professor Martha Nussbaum and Wayne State University Philosophy Professor and Debating Religious Liberty ...


Gay News

Federal Court Backs Gavin Grimm, Affirming Federal Law Protects Transgender Students 2018-05-22 - From ACLU: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A federal court today denied the Gloucester County School Board's motion to dismiss a case brought by ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.