Call to Action: Oppose the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA)




Near the end of 2016, Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) told Buzzfeed they plan to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). This controversial bill barely gained a House hearing in 2015, however, it’s likely to garner more support in 2016 unless we act now to oppose it.

According to the official congressional summary of the bill, FADA “prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

Opponents of the bill (e.g., Human Rights Coalition) caution that FADA goes far beyond protecting religious freedom rights and “threatens to create a breakdown of government services, opening the door to discrimination against same-sex couples, their families, and those who love them.” You can read more about the facts of FADA in this HRC article.

Want to know more about state-level legislation related to FADA? Read “Brace Yourselves for an Onslaught of Anti-LGBT Proposals in 2017” for a rundown of upcoming state-level bills.

WHAT #SUN MEMBERS CAN DO: (15 minutes)

Call all three of your Members of Congress and ask them to oppose the bill. Here’s why. Need help locating your congress member? Click here and enter your address to get a list!

Donate to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization.

Bookmark this ACLU page, which maintains an up-to-date list of Anti-LGBT religious exemption legislation across the country.


Hello (Sir/Madam)

My name is ____________. I’m calling to ask you to say oppose any and all bills that take away LGBTQI+ rights. The FADA bill will destroy the lives of our American citizens and set the gay rights movement back YEARS! It’s important you stand up for ALL families. Our country is NOT free unless all consenting adults are free to marry, love, and live how they choose.

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