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S. 1598 - First Amendment Defense Act

Civil rights and liberties, minority issues. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

First Amendment Defense Act

S. 1598 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage.
Other Titles
  • First Amendment Defense Act
  • First Amendment Defense Act
Sponsor
Mike Lee
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Civil rights and liberties, minority issues
  • Administrative remedies
  • Charitable contributions
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Government lending and loan guarantees
  • Income tax deductions
  • Licensing and registrations
  • Marriage and family status
  • Public contracts and procurement
  • Religion
  • Sex and reproductive health
  • Sex, gender, sexual orientation discrimination
  • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers
  • Tax-exempt organizations
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Major Actions
Introduced6/17/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced6/17/2015
6/17/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
6/17/2015Introduced in Senate
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

Republican/Conservative
Christian Conservative
Defense policy, hawks
Churches, clergy & religious organizations (split)
80% more
$106,651
$14,631,643
$37,875
$14,776,169
$815,726
$7,379,240
$8,194,966

opposed this bill

Democratic/Liberal
Gay & lesbian rights & issues
Churches, clergy & religious organizations (split)
29 Organizations Supported and 3 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
First Amendment Defense Act

29 organizations supported this bill

Able Americans
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
African American Republican Leadership Council
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
American Association of Christian Schools
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
American Civil Rights Union
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
American Principles in Action
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
American Values
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Association of Christian Schools International
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Association of Mature American Citizens
Weber, Dan (2015, July 2). First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Association of Mature American Citizens.
Center for Military Readiness
Undersigned organizations (2016, February 16). FADA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Association of Christian Schools International.
Center For Urban Renewal And Education
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Christian Coalition of America
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Christian Medical and Dental Associations
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Concerned Women for America
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Eagle Forum
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Family PAC Federal
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Family Research Council
FRC (2015, June 17). Family Research Council Endorses First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved June 18, 2015, from FRC.
Frederick Douglass Foundation
Undersigned organizations (2016, February 16). FADA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Association of Christian Schools International.
Heritage Action for America
Heritage Action for America (2015, June 19). Co-Sponsorship of the First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from Heritage Action for America.
Less Government
Undersigned organizations (2016, February 16). FADA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Association of Christian Schools International.
Liberty Counsel
Staver, Mat (2015, July 20). Assaults On America’s Christians Have Taken A New Turn (LCAction). Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Liberty Counsel.
National Abstinence Education Association
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
National Organization for Marriage
Brown, Brian (2015, June 18). Congress is Stepping Up to Support Marriage and Religious Freedom. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from National Organization for Marriage.
National Religious Broadcasters
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Religious Freedom Coalition
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Tea Party Nation
Undersigned organizations (2015, October 5). Coalition Letter on FADA Vote. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Traditional Values Coalition
Undersigned organizations (2015, July 28). Letter to Boehner, McConnell Urging Passage of First Amendment Defense Act. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Cordileone, Salvatore J. & Lori, William E. (2015, June 18). Letter of Support to Senator Lee. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

3 organizations opposed this bill

central conference of american rabbis
Eger, Denise L. & Fox, Steven A. (2016, January 20). CCAR Statement Opposing the So-Called "First Amendment Defense Act". Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Human Rights Campaign
Peters, Stephen (2015, July 17). Anti-LGBT So-Called “First Amendment Defense Act” Would Have Dangerous & Far-Reaching Consequences. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Human Rights Campaign.
Media Matters for America
Percelay, Rachel (2015, July 28). The "First Amendment Defense Act" Is The Next Attack on LGBT Rights. Retrieved March 4, 2016, from Media Matters for America.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,050$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$376,032$1,130
Tammy BaldwinDWI$0$747,202
John BarrassoRWY$18,900$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$698,931
Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$11,850
Roy BluntRMO$136,336$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$6,100$96,826
John BoozmanRAR$21,347$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$5,147
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$557,640
Richard BurrRNC$134,199$0
Maria CantwellDWA$0$13,105
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$113,725$0
Ben CardinDMD$0$35,750
Tom CarperDDE$0$17,050
Bob CaseyDPA$10,000$62,120
Bill CassidyRLA$303,273$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$1,500$0
William Thad CochranRMS$7,250$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$21,850$17,700
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$0$78,479
Bob CorkerRTN$28,370$0
John CornynRTX$79,605$0
Tom CottonRAR$1,241,543$0
Mike CrapoRID$36,594$0
Ted CruzRTX$1,886,641$-2,500
Steve DainesRMT$232,526$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$57,769
Dick DurbinDIL$0$61,575
Mike EnziRWY$0$0
Joni ErnstRIA$179,715$500
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$1,000$22,072
Deb FischerRNE$194,271$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,342,999$0
Al FrankenDMN$0$240,870
Cory GardnerRCO$400,621$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$-35$186,771
Lindsey GrahamRSC$48,088$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$153,592$6,700
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,500$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$0$160,086
Heidi HeitkampDND$0$61,765
Dean HellerRNV$129,337$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$0$95,032
John HoevenRND$15,400$2,000
Jim InhofeROK$48,674$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$35,445$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$796,764$0
Tim KaineDVA$100$377,797
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$33,415
Mark KirkRIL$207,275$17,651
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$35,013
James LankfordROK$149,175$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$79,040
Mike LeeRUT$727,234$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$0$32,125
Ed MarkeyDMA$0$204,517
John McCainRAZ$171,070$630
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$187,231
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$231,606$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,000$20,700
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$106,275
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$0
Jerry MoranRKS$7,700$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$38,750$3,608
Chris MurphyDCT$0$284,764
Patty MurrayDWA$0$212,353
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$81,943
Rand PaulRKY$452,588$0
David PerdueRGA$199,928$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$0$239,865
Rob PortmanROH$207,586$11,131
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$8,600
Harry ReidDNV$0$2,867
Jim RischRID$45,587$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$96,467$0
Mike RoundsRSD$63,381$0
Marco RubioRFL$872,675$6,000
Bernie SandersIVT$0$320,465
Ben SasseRNE$701,202$0
Brian SchatzDHI$0$121,024
Chuck SchumerDNY$1,500$100,472
Tim ScottRSC$267,161$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$129,382
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,700$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$75,116
Dan SullivanRAK$606,673$0
Jon TesterDMT$0$149,366
John ThuneRSD$169,563$0
Thom TillisRNC$222,134$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,278,152$500
Tom UdallDNM$2,000$94,139
David VitterRLA$1,500$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,700$69,864
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,550$1,838,436
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$28,857
Roger F. WickerRMS$2,000$0
Ron WydenDOR$0$86,250

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Legislator Filters
NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$18,050$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$376,032$1,130
Tammy BaldwinDWI$0$747,202
John BarrassoRWY$18,900$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$698,931
Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$11,850
Roy BluntRMO$136,336$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$6,100$96,826
John BoozmanRAR$21,347$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$5,147
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$557,640
Richard BurrRNC$134,199$0
Maria CantwellDWA$0$13,105
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$113,725$0
Ben CardinDMD$0$35,750
Tom CarperDDE$0$17,050
Bob CaseyDPA$10,000$62,120
Bill CassidyRLA$303,273$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$1,500$0
William Thad CochranRMS$7,250$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$21,850$17,700
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$0$78,479
Bob CorkerRTN$28,370$0
John CornynRTX$79,605$0
Tom CottonRAR$1,241,543$0
Mike CrapoRID$36,594$0
Ted CruzRTX$1,886,641$-2,500
Steve DainesRMT$232,526$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$0$57,769
Dick DurbinDIL$0$61,575
Mike EnziRWY$0$0
Joni ErnstRIA$179,715$500
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$1,000$22,072
Deb FischerRNE$194,271$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,342,999$0
Al FrankenDMN$0$240,870
Cory GardnerRCO$400,621$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$-35$186,771
Lindsey GrahamRSC$48,088$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$153,592$6,700
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,500$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$0$160,086
Heidi HeitkampDND$0$61,765
Dean HellerRNV$129,337$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$0$95,032
John HoevenRND$15,400$2,000
Jim InhofeROK$48,674$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$35,445$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$796,764$0
Tim KaineDVA$100$377,797
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$33,415
Mark KirkRIL$207,275$17,651
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$35,013
James LankfordROK$149,175$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$79,040
Mike LeeRUT$727,234$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$0$32,125
Ed MarkeyDMA$0$204,517
John McCainRAZ$171,070$630
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$187,231
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$231,606$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$1,000$20,700
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$106,275
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$0
Jerry MoranRKS$7,700$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$38,750$3,608
Chris MurphyDCT$0$284,764
Patty MurrayDWA$0$212,353
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$81,943
Rand PaulRKY$452,588$0
David PerdueRGA$199,928$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$0$239,865
Rob PortmanROH$207,586$11,131
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$8,600
Harry ReidDNV$0$2,867
Jim RischRID$45,587$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$96,467$0
Mike RoundsRSD$63,381$0
Marco RubioRFL$872,675$6,000
Bernie SandersIVT$0$320,465
Ben SasseRNE$701,202$0
Brian SchatzDHI$0$121,024
Chuck SchumerDNY$1,500$100,472
Tim ScottRSC$267,161$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$4,000$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$129,382
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$2,700$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$75,116
Dan SullivanRAK$606,673$0
Jon TesterDMT$0$149,366
John ThuneRSD$169,563$0
Thom TillisRNC$222,134$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,278,152$500
Tom UdallDNM$2,000$94,139
David VitterRLA$1,500$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,700$69,864
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,550$1,838,436
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$28,857
Roger F. WickerRMS$2,000$0
Ron WydenDOR$0$86,250

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,631,643
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
Christian Conservative$106,651
Defense policy, hawks$37,875

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
Gay & lesbian rights & issues$815,726
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
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