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First Amendment Defense Act (S. 2525)

This law was last updated on Sep 19, 2019


This law is Anti–LGBTQ

State

Federal

Number

S. 2525

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Mar 8, 2018

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.congress.gov

S. 2525 would prohibit 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:

  • marriage is or should be recognized as the union of:
    • one man and one woman; or
    • two individuals recognized under federal law; or
  • sexual relations outside of marriage are improper.

The bill defines discriminatory action to include:

  • altering the federal tax treatment of, causing any tax, penalty, or payment to be assessed against, or denying, delaying, or revoking certain tax exemptions of any such person;
  • disallowing a deduction of any charitable contribution made to or by such person;
  • withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying any federal grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, license, certification, accreditation, employment, or similar position or status from or to such person;
  • withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying any benefit under a federal benefit program; or
  • withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying access or entitlement to federal property, facilities, educational institutions, speech fora, or charitable fundraising campaigns form or to such a person.

The law would allow a person to assert an actual or threatened violation of this Act as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding and obtain compensatory damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or any other appropriate relief against the Federal Government.


Related Legislation

Similar to H.R. 2802/S. 1598, which failed to pass during the 2015-2016 legislative session.


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