Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. What do these six politicians have in common?
They are all running for President of the United States and all six of the Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge supporting individuals and companies who want to openly discriminate against LGBT people under the “religious liberty” excuse.
These candidates support legislation known as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would prohibit the federal government from taking action against a person who acts based on his/her religious belief or moral conviction that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Basically, the bill would allow a person or business to openly discriminate against a gay couple.
A version of the legislation has already been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. In the House, the bill is supported by 124 cosponsors and its Senate companion has 34 cosponsors. The Republican National Committee supported FADA as well, as do various conservative groups.
The six aforementioned Republican candidates pledged that they would work to get FADA passed by Congress and enacted into law within the first 100 days of them becoming President of the United States. Really? That’s their priority? What about creating jobs and strengthening the economy, or keeping the homeland safe and fighting terrorism abroad? Nope, these six candidates think discriminating against gay couples should be a priority of the next President. Let’s hope voters have different priorities and far more tolerance and common sense.