It appears that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has passed an anti LGBT resolution in support of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). This resolution would undermine the rule of law & promote taxpayer-funded discrimination. JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy & Political Affairs for HRC stated, "The right to believe is fundamental, but the right to use taxpayer dollars to promote discrimination is not. It's no wonder the RNC attempted to keep quiet its support for a reckless & irresponsible bill that would promote discrimination with taxpayers’ money & reward discriminatory actions by federal employees with taxpayer funding. Those Republican candidates who choose not to speak out against this RNC resolution should not be shocked when LGBT Americans choose to not give them the benefit of the doubt next November.” If this legislation passed it would prohibit any adverse action by the federal government against an individual or organization for discriminatory actions against legally married gay or lesbian couples as long as they claim they are acting in accordance with their religious beliefs. For example it would allow a federal employee to refuse to process tax returns, visa applications or Social Security checks whenever a gay or lesbian couple's paperwork appears on his or her desk. This legislation would also permit recipients of federal grants & contracts, including those for social services programs like homeless shelters & substance abuse treatment programs, to turn away LGBT people. It allows any of these individuals or groups, or anyone else who believes they have been somehow required by the federal government to approve of married gay & lesbian couples to file a lawsuit & potentially receive damages from taxpayer money.
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