A Republican-led bill in Congress is being proposed that would legalize discrimination against same-sex couples.
As the years go on, support for same-sex marriage and LGBT equality continues to increase. Over the last year, President Obama and Vice President Biden became the first president and vice president to openly come out in favor of same-sex marriage. The conservative slanted U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned "Don't ask, Don't tell," which make it illegal to serve in the military if you are openly gay. Support for marriage equality has reached record levels and is expected to grow as time goes on.
While many are in support of LGBT rights, Republicans in congress as still a major road block. According to the Washington Post, the new bill titled the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" or HR-3133, is being proposed by mostly congressional Republicans led by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID). Some Democrats have signed on to the bill, giving Tea Party members the talking point that the bill is "bipartisan." Opponents of the bill dub it the “license to discriminate” bill due to it's harsh language that would prevent any disciplinary action to be taken against those who discriminate against LGBT individuals on "religious" grounds.
"The Federal Government shall not take an adverse action against a person, on the basis that such person acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."
Republicans have used religion as an excuse to pass anti-gay bills in the past and it doesn't look like they will be slowing down anytime soon. Think Progress also notes that if the bill were to pass, a businesses could refuse to allow an employee to take time off to care of a sick partner, federal workers could refuse to provide LGBT couples tax returns, visa applications, or Social Security information and programs that are funded by the federal government could bar LGBT Americans the rights of those services.
The Republican attempt to continue to push anti-gay legislation only shows how frustrated the party is with the social direction the country is moving in. While an argument could be made about economics, whether the country should spend or cut more or less in certain areas, the social ideology of the American people is as clear as day. If the Republican party has any hopes of winning major national elections, they need to pull back on the tone of their religious arguments and let people live their lives the way they want to live them.