Why the First Amendment Defense Act Is Not Anti-Gay
FADA was introduced in both the House and the Senate in 2015, but only got a hearing in the House. The bill faltered amid protests from Democrats and speculation that President Obama would veto the bill if it reached his desk. Some of those conditions are set to change next year.
"November's results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year," Carroll told BuzzFeed. President-elect Donald Trump pledged to sign the bill in September, declaring that it would "protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths."
"We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump's positive words about the bill," Carroll added.
"The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time," Texas Senator Ted Cruz told BuzzFeed. "We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election."
Cruz, who cosponsored the bill in the Senate, and Idaho Representative Raúl Labrador, who sponsored the bill in the House, did not return requests for comment from PJ Media.
While prospects for the bill may be rosy in 2017, Democrats and LGBT activists are likely to lampoon the First Amendment Defense Act as "anti-gay" and a smokescreen for discrimination. Perhaps they need to learn the importance of diversity and accept that, even though the Supreme Court has guaranteed same-sex marriage, many Americans still disagree on the issue. This bill allows Americans to live and let live.