Catholic church throws support behind a bill which would allow to discriminate against LGBT people

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Earlier this month a group of 22 Republican Senators reintroduced the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill that would block the federal government from enforcing anti-discrimination protections or civil rights laws in cases when people are motivated by religious beliefs. The bill, spearheaded by Senator Mike Lee, is co-sponsored by some of the prominent anti-LGBT senators like Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Catholic Church’s most powerful US body, the United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has announced last week that it backs and supports such a bill. “We welcome and applaud the recent reintroduction of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The USCCB has been vocal in support of the legislation since its inception. “FADA is a modest and important measure that protects the rights of faith-based organizations and people of all faiths and of no faith who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” they said in the statement, “The Church will also continue to stand for the ability of all to exercise their religious beliefs and moral convictions in public life without fear of government discrimination. We are pleased to support the First Amendment Defense Act, and we urge Congress to pass this important legislation.”

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