First Amendment Defense Act (S. 2525)
This law was last updated on Sep 19, 2019
S. 2525 would prohibit 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:
- marriage is or should be recognized as the union of:
- one man and one woman; or
- two individuals recognized under federal law; or
- sexual relations outside of marriage are improper.
The bill defines discriminatory action to include:
- altering the federal tax treatment of, causing any tax, penalty, or payment to be assessed against, or denying, delaying, or revoking certain tax exemptions of any such person;
- disallowing a deduction of any charitable contribution made to or by such person;
- withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying any federal grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, license, certification, accreditation, employment, or similar position or status from or to such person;
- withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying any benefit under a federal benefit program; or
- withholding, reducing, excluding, terminating, or otherwise denying access or entitlement to federal property, facilities, educational institutions, speech fora, or charitable fundraising campaigns form or to such a person.
The law would allow a person to assert an actual or threatened violation of this Act as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding and obtain compensatory damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or any other appropriate relief against the Federal Government.