House GOP leaders are set to debate a horrific anti-gay bill on the one-month anniversary of the Orlando terror attack, despite a plea from more than 70 groups to cancel the hearing.
Last month, we told you how Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, had scheduled a hearing on the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) for July 12.
As of Saturday afternoon, the hearing remained on the committee's schedule for 10 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, and Chaffetz had not responded to the letter from the ACLU, the Human Rights Campaign and dozens of otters local, state and national groups.
“It’s outrageous that Congress would hold a hearing on legislation that would make it legal to discriminate against LGBT people with taxpayer dollars one month after the mass shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay club in Orlando,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project. “Congress should instead focus its efforts on protecting people against violence or discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.”
The groups' letter states that FADA,or H.R. 2802, "would permit unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people.
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