GOP candidates have been pledging their support for the anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) for about a week, but now The Donald himself has lent the legislation his (honestly, a bit tepid) approval.
Earlier this week we reported that the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and Family Research Council Action announced that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee, had made a promise to pass a heinous anti-gay discrimination bill into law during their first 100 days in office. The bill would allow businesses and individuals to discriminate against gay people in the guise of ‘religious liberty’...
Now Donald Trump has expressed support for the legislation in a letter to Pulse, a conservative group, the Washington Blade reports:
"If Congress considers the First Amendment Defense Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signatures and enactment,” Trump writes.
While the six other presidential candidates have signed a pledge that promises to "push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of [his or her] term as President", Trump's response is certainly less pro-active. Rather than force FADA through legislative proceedings, he seems to only promise his signature. It's an interesting position to take with the Religious Right, but Donald Trump has already proven to us that he's doing this election his own way.