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The First Amendment Defense Act Would Be Horrible For LGBTQ Community

Many fear it could lead to devastatingly "widespread" discrimination.

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't been sworn in yet but Republicans are already planning on him supporting the First Amendment Defense Act. The law, known as FADA for short, is a controversial piece of legislation that would have terrible effects on the LGBTQ community.

According to NBC News, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee want to reintroduce the law that first surfaced in 2015. 

If passed, FADA prohibits the federal government from taking "discriminatory action" against a business or person that discriminates against the LGBTQ community. The ridiculous law is based on two issues: "marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman" and "sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

Pretty ridiculous, right?

Jennifer Pizer, Law and Policy Director at Lambda Legal, says that the bill is unconstitutional and could lead to  "widespread, devastating discrimination against LGBT people." She explains that the bill "elevates one set of religious beliefs above all others."

The LGBTQ community isn't the only one at risk. Because of the very specific definitions of marriage and sex, the law could discriminate unwed heterosexual couples and single parents.

The bill was initially filed in the House and Senate in 2015. Protests by Democrats ensued and politicians worried that President Obama would veto the bill. It's currently co-sponsored by 171 House Republicans and one Democrat (Daniel Lipinski of Illinois.)

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