Friday, July 14, 2017

"Do No Harm Act" would pretty much nullify RFRA

Lambda Legal describes a “Do No Harm” Act proposed by Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would mediate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by not allowing denial of goods and services in public accommodations or imposition of religious beliefs by businesses open to the public.

It would narrow the circumstances where the RFRA could be used.

And the Washington Blade reports that Jeff Sessions will walk a tightrope on issuing DOJ policy on how religious freedom may be claimed by businesses.

In the meantime, the Trump administration has had almost nothing to say about LGBT issues, although it maintains that they do not need specialized focus from the White House.

On the other hand, Lambda Legal also noted a few potential Trump appointees with past statements wanting the ability to roll back gay marriage and even sodomy law repeal at the constitutional level.
Private organizations and generally mainstream faith groups (doing missions, summer camps, etc)  have gradually adjusted to the idea of gay equality among emerging adults, although trans is more difficult.  Mainstream churches are more likely to look at the behavior of international charities.  One church dissociated itself from World Vision and picked a different charity for its 30 hour famine events.  And, for example, I know of gay teens in Eagle Scouts without any difficulties.

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