Call it Out: Republican National Committee Quietly passed a bill that allows taxpayers money to fund Anti-Gay Discrimination and Clinton pledges to enforce marriage equality decision

By junior Mayema,

As a matter of fact we all know that the republicans still have to evolve on many social issues of our time because they keep on keeping America in the stone age

Here is what they did recently :Republican Party, Grand Old Party, GOP, gay news, Washington Blade

Call it Out: RNC Quietly Passes Anti-LGBT Resolution

http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/call-it-out-rnc-quietly-passes-anti-lgbt-resolution

HRC released the following statement after media reports that the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed an anti-LGBT resolution in support of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Going far beyond protecting the rights established in the First Amendment, this anti-LGBT legislation would undermine the rule of law and promote taxpayer-funded discrimination.

“The right to believe is fundamental, but the right to use taxpayer dollars to promote discrimination is not,” said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign. “It’s no wonder the RNC attempted to keep quiet its support for a reckless and irresponsible bill that would promote discrimination with taxpayers’ money and reward discriminatory actions by federal employees with taxpayer funding. Those Republican candidates who choose not to speak out against this RNC resolution should not be shocked when LGBT Americans choose to not give them the benefit of the doubt next November.”

FADA would prohibit any adverse action by the federal government against an individual or organization for discriminatory actions against legally married same-sex couples as long as they claim they are acting in accordance with their religious beliefs. “Adverse action” is broadly defined to include the denial or revocation of a federal tax status or deduction; denial of a federal grant, contract, loan, benefit or employment; or any other act of discrimination. The bill provides individuals and organizations the right to sue the federal government for monetary damages in federal court.

If passed, this legislation would create a breakdown of government services and runaway litigation. It would permit a federal employee, for example, to refuse to process tax returns, visa applications or Social Security checks whenever a same-sex couple’s paperwork appears on his or her desk.

This legislation would also permit recipients of federal grants and contracts, including those for social services programs like homeless shelters and substance abuse treatment programs, to turn away LGBT people.  It allows any of these individuals or groups, or anyone else who believes they have been somehow required by the federal government to approve of married same-sex couples, to file a lawsuit and potentially receive damages from taxpayer money.

And here is another reason why to vote for the democrats and Hilary Clinton in 2016 below :
Hillary Clinton, gay news, Washington Blade

Amid media reports of clerks refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay nuptials “needs to be enforced across our country.” Clinton made the remarks during the question-and-answer portion of a town hall meeting in Las Vegas in response to a question from someone who identified as a local LGBT business owner and founding president of the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Nevada. According to a transcript provided by her campaign, the Clinton supporter asked the candidate if she could speak to how she intends to support the LGBT community as president, such as by improving economic equality and creating safe spaces for youth. “I certainly can,” Clinton replied, eliciting applause. “Well, first, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage equality is enforced. It’s the law of the land and it needs to be enforced across our country.” Clinton offered no details about what this enforcement would look like, but made the comments amid turmoil in some areas around the country on same-sex marriage. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to withhold marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a federal court order instructing her to give the documents to all couples regardless of sexual orientation. Meanwhile, a same-sex couple in Texas won $44,000 in a settlement over a lawsuit they filed against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, who denied them a marriage license on religious grounds.
The Washington Blade has placed a call to the Clinton campaign to clarify what enforcement of the marriage equality decision would look like, such as by requiring clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples regardless of religious beliefs. During the town hall, Clinton said immediately after making the comments on marriage that attention should turn to tackling discrimination, saying as a member of the U.S. Senate she co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. “And we have a lot of work to do there,” Clinton said. “There’s just so much continuing discrimination and bias.” ENDA hasn’t been introduced this Congress, but previous versions were restricted to barring workplace discrimination against LGBT people. The legislation has fallen out of favor with some LGBT advocates in favor of a more comprehensive bill. During the town hall, Clinton didn’t mention the Equality Act, legislation pending before Congress that would bar LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law, but she’s endorsed the legislation via Twitter. Clinton also spoke during the town hall at length about issues facing LGBT youth. In remarks that elicited applause from the audience, Clinton noted they face a high rate of homelessness in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the country

“I particularly worry about young people because there is a lot of misunderstanding and even mistreatment still today by families of young people who are LGBT, and they’re hoping to be accepted and they are not, and they find themselves on the street,” Clinton said. “I know you’ve got people in Las Vegas who are homeless on the streets, who are young LGBT people who have had to leave home.”

But Clinton said she was prepared to address this issue as president by fighting for more services and visibility for LGBT youth.

“So we need more services, we need more support, and we all need to be speaking out in favor of treating these young people with respect and dignity and giving them a chance,” Clinton said. “And I hope that as president, I will not only be able to speak to that, but demonstrate how we do it, and then support laws that will make it easier for a lot of our people, particularly young people.”

According to media reports, the atmosphere during the town hall, which was favorable to Clinton, contrasted sharply with a news conference in a gymnasium that followed shortly thereafter in which she defended herself amid continued controversy over use of a personal email address as secretary of state and classified information found on her server.

During a testy exchange captured on video with Fox News’ Ed Henry, Clinton shrugged when asked whether she wiped the server, making an ad-homimem joke of “like with a cloth or something?” instead of answering the question.

According to Politico, a reporter asked Clinton as she exited the gymnasium if the questions indicate the email controversy won’t go away and will continue to dog her campaign.

Clinton reportedly turned around and again shrugged by raising her hands in the air. “Nobody talked to me about it — other than you guys,” Clinton is quoted as saying as she exited with her top aides around her.

The transcript of the Q&A with Clinton on LGBT issues follows:

QUESTION: Hi, Hillary. My name is Tina Kurdow (ph). I am a local LGBT business owner and founding president of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce here in Nevada. So my question to you is: How are you going to support the LGBT community in our country – improving economic equality, creating safe spaces for our youth? Can you speak to that?

HILLARY CLINTON: I certainly can. (Applause.) Well, first, as president, I will do everything I can to make sure that marriage equality is enforced. It’s the law of the land and – (applause) – it needs to be enforced across our country. And then we have to tackle discrimination issues. I, when I was in the Senate, was one of the senators sponsoring what was called ENDA, a bill to end discrimination against the LGBT community. And we have a lot of work to do there. There’s just so much continuing discrimination and bias.

And I particularly worry about young people because there is a lot of misunderstanding and even mistreatment still today by families of young people who are LGBT, and they’re hoping to be accepted and they are not, and they find themselves on the street. I know you’ve got people in Las Vegas who are homeless on the streets, who are young LGBT people – (applause) – who have had to leave home. So we need more services, we need more support, and we all need to be speaking out in favor of treating these young people with respect and dignity and giving them a chance. And I hope that as president, I will not only be able to speak to that, but demonstrate how we do it, and then support laws that will make it easier for a lot of our people, particularly young people. (Applause.)

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