A bill has been introduced in the US Congress, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would allow entities, such as universities, to receive federal benefits even if they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages. On June 26, 2015 we all celebrated as the Supreme Court of the United States made same sex marriages legal in all 50 states. This bill would legalize discrimination and two New Jersey congressmen have signed on as sponsors.
We must let our representatives know that we continue to stand on the side of love. Call Congressmen Chris Smith (732-780-3035) and Scott Garrett (201-444-5454) and ask them to rescind their sponsorship of this bill. Below is a suggested script:
“I’m a New Jersey resident, and like so many others in this state, I’m a strong supporter of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The First Amendment Defense Act is legalized discrimination. As a Unitarian Universalist, the first principle of my faith is the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, which applies to people of all sexual orientations. As a person of faith, I call on Congressmen (Smith or Garrett) to rescind his co-sponsorship and come out against this hateful piece of legislation.”