First Amendment Defense Act Hearings

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearings on First Amendment Defense Act  July 12, 2016

See Congressmen Mark Meadows  and Jim Jordan conduct hearings.

ACTION ITEM:  Contact @JasonInTheHouse Congressman Jason Chaffetz and the members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and tell them to get FADA to a vote!  Chaffetz has had this bill for over a year on his desk.  See Heritage Sentinel Brief:  Contact Reps (Twitter handles too)

Take Aways

  • The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodgescreates uncertainty about how the ruling will affect individuals and organizations who maintain a sincerely held religious belief of moral conviction about marriage.
  • Consistent with the 1st Amendment, citizens should be free to follow their conscience without threats from the federal government for living out their beliefs. FADA protects religious liberty by safeguarding individuals and organizations from government action against them for their beliefs.
  • Discrimination against individuals and organizations for their beliefs regarding marriage has been identified at the state level. FADA is a proactive measure to ensure discrimination does not occur at the federal level.


  • To examine how the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling affects individuals who and organizations that maintain a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction about marriage.
  • To review how FADA can ensure Americans are not treated unfairly by the government for such a belief or conviction.

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