Because Donald Trump won the election, Republicans believe they have a better chance at passing a bill which targets the gay community. “Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year,” said Sen. Mike Lee’s spokesman, Conn Carroll. The Utah Senator will reintroduce the bill to protect people and corporations that hold a religious objection to same-sex marriage, according to BuzzFeed News.
This comes as a shock to no one ever because during Trump’s campaign, he promised to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, saying it would “protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths.”
Carroll added, “We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump’s positive words about the bill.”
And we’ve been through this before but with a Trump administration, bigots everywhere are going to be doing the happy dance.
The measure was filed in both the House and 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 measure if it reached his desk.
Naturally, Sen. Ted Cruz is a co-sponsor of the anti-gay bill.
“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” Cruz told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
The First Amendment Defense Act would ban the federal government from punishing individuals and corporations — for example, denying them a tax exemption or a grant — if they act on a “religious belief or moral conviction” that marriage is between one man and one woman. It also protects those who think “that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
At this point, the bill has 172 House co-sponsors and 37 in the Senate. Cruz said that this time around, “Any effort to protect religious liberty has brighter prospects with a new Congress and new administration.”
Carroll said, “We made great progress last Congress, the first Congress it was introduced, the House had a hearing, and we have every reason to believe the momentum will continue next year.”
Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Put your hand down, Mr. Trump.
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