GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates want to turn back time on LGBT rights

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Making sure that gays and les­bians were never af­forded legally rec­og­nized mar­riages was the fo­cus for the anti-gay right for so long. So many re­sources were poured into stop­ping John and Bill from say­ing, “I do” that ever since the Supreme Court said yes to mar­riage equal­ity, anti-gay groups have des­per­ately been try­ing to re­gain lost ground.

Now that mar­riage equal­ity is le­gal, the anti-gay right’s strat­egy has changed some. In­stead of try­ing to pre­vent mar­riage equal­ity from hap­pen­ing, they’re try­ing to make sure it re­mains le­gal for haters to hate un­der the guise of “re­li­gious free­dom.”

So shortly af­ter the Supreme Court ruled, a bill was in­tro­duced in Congress called the “First Amend­ment De­fense Act,” which would es­sen­tially shield any­one who wants to dis­crim­i­nate against LGBT peo­ple. Be­cause dis­crim­i­na­tion is a re­li­gious right and the First Amend­ment pro­tects “the free ex­er­cise of re­li­gion.”

Need­less to say, the anti-gay right would love to get this bill signed into law. But they know it will never go any­where with­out a pres­i­dent’s sup­port. And so they have asked the GOP dunce troupe of can­di­dates to sign a pledge in blood. Okay, I made up the blood part (or did I?), but the pledge 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.”

Ben Car­son, Marco Ru­bio and Ted Cruz to­tally signed it.

Carly Fio­r­ina, Rick San­to­rum and Mike Huck­abee also signed on to sup­port this ridicu­lous bull­shit, but they are trail­ing so far in the polls that, well, no­body cares what they think.

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Prin­ci­ples Project, front-run­ner Don­ald Trump has ex­pressed sup­port for FADA but didn’t sign the pledge. Since barely a word of what comes out of Trump’s mouth is true, this doesn’t really mean much. But it would be a mis­take to think that Trump is for, or even neu­tral on, LGBT rights.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fam­ily Re­search Coun­cil, a group that has made its name by hat­ing on the gays, “FADA would pro­hibit the fed­eral gov­ern­ment from pe­nal­iz­ing peo­ple for their per­sonal, moral or re­li­gious be­liefs on nat­u­ral mar­riage in fed­eral em­ploy­ment, grants, con­tracts, tax treat­ment and other pro­grams. It also pro­tects in­di­vid­u­als or en­ti­ties that be­lieve, teach or es­tab­lish in codes of con­duct that sex­ual in­ti­macy is re­served for nat­u­ral mar­riage.”

That cov­ers an aw­ful lot of ground on which some­one can say, “God told me to hate gays so you can’t touch me.” The in­tended con­se­quences would be ter­ri­ble for LGBT peo­ple.

But Car­son, Ru­bio and Cruz don’t care. Ac­cord­ing to Amer­i­can Prin­ci­ples Project’s Mag­gie Gal­lagher, “Real, con­crete pro­tec­tions for gay mar­riage dis­senters ap­pear to be just one elec­tion vic­tory away.”

That is, of course, if Amer­i­cans are dumb enough to elect one of th­ese ex­trem­ists.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Ted Cruz, Marco Ru­bio and Ben Car­son have all pledged to work to re­verse mar­riage equal­ity if elected. (Of­fi­cial pho­tos)

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