Businesses and organizations continue to be threatened because of their owners' faith. An Oregon bakery owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein was fined $135,000 simply for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Barronelle Stutzman, a grandmother in Washington state, had to close her floral business because of the crippling fees imposed on her for not providing flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding.
Child welfare organizations, such as Lutheran Community Services and Catholic Charities, are being threatened by this decision to recognize same-sex marriage or face losing their ability to participate in federal programs or apply for federal grants.
Our Founders envisioned a nation where the moral and religious beliefs of individuals, faith-based organizations, and business owners would be protected, not a nation where one's convictions about marriage could be used as a disqualifying factor for interaction with the federal government.
To stop the federal government from discriminating against people because of their beliefs in marriage, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, S.1598, in the Senate, and Representative Raúl Labrador (R-UT) has introduced the companion bill, H.R. 2802, in the House. Simply put, FADA would prohibit the federal government from penalizing persons for their personal moral or religious beliefs in natural marriage in areas such as federal employment, grants, contracts, tax treatment, and other programs.
In the wake of the Supreme Court redefinition of marriage, the government should not push individuals and organizations out of the public square simply because they, like billions of people of various faiths around the globe and throughout history, believe in marriage between a man and a woman. Contact your Members of Congress to call for a vote on this critical legislation today. [-] less