Donald Trump is no friend of the LGBTQ community. Oh sure, he said he was, but the Twitter king has proven that his words are not worth the tweet they’re posted on. As with many narcissists, his actions speak far louder than his words, and Trump wants to take down the First Amendment.
Look who he picked for vice-president, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pence ranks at the top of most rabidly anti-gay governors in the country, according to NBC News. Now the almost-president stands right in front of the governor, ready to sign into law a national version of Pence’s one-man-one-woman bill in Indiana.
Check out Trump’s website stance:
‘Religious liberty is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. It is our first liberty and provides the most important protection in that it protects our right of conscience. Activist judges and executive orders issued by Presidents who have no regard for the Constitution have put these protections in jeopardy.
The president-elect’s website continues:
‘If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths. The Little Sisters of the Poor, or any religious order for that matter, will always have their religious liberty protected on my watch and will not have to face bullying from the government because of their religious beliefs.’
The First Amendment has this to say about religion:
‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’
People can have freedom of religion, but that does not give them the right to force their religious beliefs upon others, which is exactly what born-againer Pence and his state law do.
So what does the anti-LGBTQ law say? The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) wants to force a one-man-one-woman religious belief upon the whole country. It:
‘Prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.’
Trump and friends support the discriminatory bill, even though the Constitution’s 14th Amendment which holds the “equal protection of the laws.” That clause affirms and protects same-sex marriage.
Hopefully, the Democrats can stop this bill from making its way through Congress. If the First Amendment falls, everyone falls.
Check out this explanation of the First Amendment Defense Act on the video below. NOTE: Language:
Featured Image: Getty Images/Thos Robinson.
H/T: NBC News.