Thursday, August 27, 2015

Q Toon: Hello Muddah, Hello FADA

If you thought a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court would be the final word in the fight for marriage equality, I'm afraid you're sadly mistaken.

The resistance is not limited to one Kentucky county clerk on her fourth marriage, of course. Christian theocrats are not going to be dragged into the 21st Century without a fight.

This month, the Republican National Committee voted to support what its sponsors call a "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA), guaranteeing a right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgendered, and whatever other group about whom you can find a disapproving verse in the Bible. So look out, Amorites, shellfish-eaters and rich fools: they're coming for you again.

Paul Berge
Q Syndicate
✎Aug 27, 2015
Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), the legislation would prohibit a federal government entity from taking action against a person who objects to same-sex marriage or homosexuality. Such actions include denying tax credits, contracts, grants, certification, accreditation or employment to a person who opposes homosexuality due to strong religious beliefs or moral convictions.
The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would also allow anybody who felt they were retaliated against by government actors to sue for damages. It also outlines how the sponsors expect courts to interpret the act, including a clause that reads, “This Act shall be construed in favor of a broad protection of free exercise of religious beliefs and moral convictions, to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of this Act and the Constitution.” ...
 The Human Rights Campaign noted that “if passed, this legislation would create a breakdown of government services and runaway litigation…. It would permit a federal employee, for example, to refuse to process tax returns, visa applications or Social Security checks whenever a same-sex couple’s paperwork appears on his or her desk.”
Oh, by the way, just kidding about the Christian right coming after you rich fools. Everyone knows that Jesus didn't mean.any of that stuff.

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