Content Filed Under: Anti-LGBTQ Moves in Congress

Several bills are pending in the United States Congress seeking to roll back protections for LGBT Americans – or codify anti-LGBT discrimination at the federal level. Lawmakers should reject these shameful attacks and begin moving the country forward.


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House Appropriations Committee Passes Dangerous Amendment Granting Child Welfare Agencies a License to Discriminate

By Adam Polaski • July 11, 2018, 1:19 pm Policies like today's shameful anti-LGBTQ amendment stands only to allow more agencies to turn away capable, loving parents – and at the end of the day, that harms children and makes it harder for more kids to be placed in loving homes. 
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Deceptively Titled ‘First Amendment Defense Act,’ Aimed at Easing Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination, Reintroduced in United States Senate

By Adam Polaski • March 8, 2018, 2:23 pm Today's version of the bill is in some specific ways narrower than similar legislation previously introduced, but the heart of the matter remains the same. 
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VIDEO: A Look at President Trump’s New Anti-LGBTQ Federal Judgeship Nominee Kyle Duncan

By Shane Stahl • February 6, 2018, 11:23 am President Trump has nominated a notoriously anti-LGBTQ attorney, Kyle Duncan, for a lifetime appoint to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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President Obama is Prepared to Veto Congress’ NDAA If Anti-LGBT Russell Amendment Advances, Officials Say

By Adam Polaski • October 26, 2016, 4:28 pm Today Roll Call reported that if the United States Congress sends him the National Defense Authorization Act containing the anti-LGBT "Russell Amendment," he is prepared to veto the bill in order to protect LGBT federal contractors.
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One Month After Pulse Shooting, House Lawmakers Consider Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • July 12, 2016, 12:44 pm Lawmakers on a U.S. House of Representatives committee today heard testimony on the deceptively titled “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA), legislation that enables taxpayer-funded discrimination against legally married same-sex couples and their families.
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More Than 70 Groups Call on Rep. Jason Chaffetz to Cancel House Hearing on Discriminatory ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

By Megan Clayton • July 7, 2016, 5:14 pm Dozens of organizations supporting LGBT equality are calling on Representative Jason Chaffetz to cancel a scheduled hearing on the deceptively-named “First Amendment Defense Act.”
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Anti-LGBT Bill ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ Scheduled for July 12 Hearing

By Adam Polaski • June 28, 2016, 2:14 pm The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) will hold a hearing on the deceptively titled First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on July 12.
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After Bipartisan Victory for LGBT Protections, Congress Must Resolve Discriminatory Measures in Conference Committee

By Adam Polaski • May 26, 2016, 10:59 am The measure passed 223 – 195, garnering support from 43 Republicans – a noticeable turnaround from last week, when a chaotic vote on the amendment culminated in a 213-212 defeat.
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Take Action: Urge Congress to Remove Anti-LGBT Russell Amendment from NDAA

By Adam Polaski • May 19, 2016, 1:55 pm 16.5 million Americans are protected by the executive order – but if the Russell Amendment becomes law, all of these people could be left vulnerable to employment discrimination.
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Anti-LGBT Amendment That Would Void Obama’s Non-Discrimination Executive Order Advances in U.S. Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2016, 12:36 pm The measure, introduced by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), is a vaguely written amendment that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees, likely upending President Obama's 2014 executive order extending LGBT nondiscrimination protections to employees of federal contractors.
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Anti-LGBT Measures – including the First Amendment Defense Act – are on the Move in Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 4, 2016, 3:55 pm Two measures allowing for discrimination against LGBT people are moving in the House of Representatives – even as states like North Carolina and Mississippi continue to experience economic backlash from approving similar bills.