Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act.

Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act. May 17, 2016

Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.  According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.”  It’s pretty straight forward.

But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the bill:

Under the Russell provision, a faith-based organization could take taxpayer money to perform a social service for the public — like run a homeless shelter or work with at-risk youth — and then only hire people who belong to the organization’s religious denomination or profess the same religious beliefs. These faith-based organizations could disqualify qualified job applicants for being the “wrong” religion.

This could undo many existing protections against hiring discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity, and more — including explicit LGBT employment non-discrimination protections contained in President Obama’s 2014 executive order regarding federal contracting.

CFI has put out an action alert urging people to contact their representatives and urge them to keep this religious nonsense out of a bill that has literally zero relation to it.


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