Sunday, June 28, 2015

Undermining the First Amendment

From the NY Times:
 This month, in anticipation of the marriage ruling, Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, and Representative Raul Labrador, Republican of Idaho, introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which would push federal law far beyond the existing religious protections. Sure to be strongly opposed by civil rights groups and most Democrats, the bill would prohibit federal officials from penalizing individuals, businesses, charities or schools for actions based on a conviction that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The title of the proposed law is ironic, as it does exactly what the first amendment prohibits:  it establishes a religious belief as trumping the law of the land.

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