Four remaining Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush have pledged to push for passing the First Amendment Defense Act within their first 100 days in office, while others still in the race have not.
The pledge, a joint effort of the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action, reads “If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President.”
“Our future President, whoever he or she may be, has an important part to play in making FADA a reality in the first 100 days of the new Administration but Congress still has a responsibility in 2016 and beyond,” said FRC president Tony Perkins in a statement read at the event. “Every day the American people open their newspapers and read about how their fellow citizens are becoming targets of political correctness. This is why candidates who haven’t given into political correctness are being rewarded in the polls. Values voters who make up nearly half of the GOP recognize that our nation is in desperate need of a president who respects what the Constitution plainly states about religious freedom.”
The First Amendment Defense Act, which has been introduced to both the House and Senate in the current session, would seek to “[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: (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.”
According to a statement from APP Senior Fellow Maggie Gallagher, if unchecked, efforts by marriage revisionists to strip religious institutions of their tax exempt status. “It’s not far down the road; the regulatory structures are being put in place right now by this White House…This is not theoretical, this is not far-fetched. The mechanisms are being put into place,” stated Gallagher.
The announcement came at a press conference held by APP at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and with just over a week left before the South Carolina Republican Primary, Gallagher implored the voters to consider the defense of first amendment rights as they head to the polls.
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