In 2017, the United States of America will have a new President and his name will be Donald Trump. The Republican's think this will mean they can undo much of the progress made during Barack Obama's time in office, and they've already declared war on LGBT rights.
Congressional Republicans plan to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act next year. It is a “religious liberty” bill that allows people to discriminate as long as they are doing so based on strongly held religious beliefs. The GOP is confident that with a right-leaning Congress and Senate and President, the new law should pass easily.
“Hopefully November’s results will give us the momentum we need to get this done next year,” spokesman Conn Carroll said. “We do plan to reintroduce FADA next Congress and we welcome Trump’s positive words about the bill.”
“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” Ted Cruz added. “We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”
Will Trump support the bill? Most likely, yes; he promised he would during the election campaign
“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,” Trump posted on his website. “The Little Sisters of the Poor [a Catholic order opposed to the Obamacare contraception mandate], 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.”
If there was ever a time to be a typical politician and fail to keep a promise, this would be it.