Republican National Committee Endorses Antigay Discrimination Bill

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It’s being called “a Pandora’s Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children” by the American Civl Liberties Union: The Republican National Committee endorsed the First Amendment Defense Act on Monday, which, in essence, according to The Advocate, “endorses discrimination against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”

The report in The Advocate explains matters further:

“Although that website says in endorsing the First Amendment Defense Act, ‘the GOP is trying to ensure every American can live at peace in a pluralistic society,’ the liberal-leaning ThinkProgress points out that the bill would prevent the federal government from acting against businesses and nonprofits that discriminate against same-sex couples. This would mean that government workers could refuse to perform their duties, and businesses and organizations — including those that operate with support of taxpayer money — would be free to discriminate.”

The bill essentially flips the notion of antigay discrimination on its head and suggests that business owners that have come under scrutiny for refusing to serve same-sex couples are victims of “intensifying hatred and intolerance.” As noted in The Advocate article, ThinkProgress wrote that “by allying with these individuals and resolving that their actions need to be ‘protected’ by ‘equal treatment by the government,’ the RNC has directly endorsed discrimination against the LGBT community.”

Others disagree: Ellen Barrosse, the chair of the RNC’s Conservative Steering Committee, told reporters that the bill is “an attempt, for those of us who are people of faith, to protect religious organizations.”