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Introduced in House (06/17/2015)

First Amendment Defense Act

Prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

Defines "discriminatory action" as any federal government action to discriminate against a person with such beliefs or convictions, including a federal government action to:

  • alter the federal tax treatment of, cause any tax, penalty, or payment to be assessed against, or deny, delay, or revoke certain tax exemptions of any such person;
  • disallow a deduction of any charitable contribution made to or by such person;
  • withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any federal grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, license, certification, accreditation, employment, or similar position or status from or to such person; or
  • withhold, reduce, exclude, terminate, or otherwise deny any benefit under a federal benefit program.

Requires the federal government to consider to be accredited, licensed, or certified for purposes of federal law any person who would be accredited, licensed, or certified for such purposes but for a determination that the person believes or acts in accordance with such a religious belief or moral conviction.

Permits a person to assert an actual or threatened violation of this Act as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding and to obtain compensatory damages or other appropriate relief against the federal government.

Authorizes the Attorney General to bring an action to enforce this Act against the Government Accountability Office or an establishment in the executive branch, other than the U.S. Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, that is not an executive department, military department, or government corporation.

Defines "person" as any person regardless of religious affiliation, including corporations and other entities regardless of for-profit or nonprofit status.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
06/17/2015 Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

Date
06/17/2015 Referred to House Ways and Means
Action By: House of Representatives
06/17/2015 Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
Action By: House of Representatives
06/17/2015 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/17/2015 Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Titles (2)

Short Titles:

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced:

First Amendment Defense Act

Official Titles:

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced:

To prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage.


Subjects (14)

  • 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

Cosponsors (172)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Sessions, Pete [R-TX-32]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Sanford, Mark [R-SC-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Rothfus, Keith J. [R-PA-12]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Marchant, Kenny [R-TX-24]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Palmer, Gary J. [R-AL-6]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Pitts, Joseph R. [R-PA-16]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Graves, Tom [R-GA-14]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Garrett, Scott [R-NJ-5]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN-8]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Salmon, Matt [R-AZ-5]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Westmoreland, Lynn A. [R-GA-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Weber, Randy K., Sr. [R-TX-14]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Fleming, John [R-LA-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Babin, Brian [R-TX-36]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Fortenberry, Jeff [R-NE-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Gowdy, Trey [R-SC-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2]* 06/17/2015
Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11] 06/23/2015
Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] 06/23/2015
Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] 06/23/2015
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 06/23/2015
Rep. Buck, Ken [R-CO-4] 06/24/2015
Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1] 06/24/2015
Rep. Hurt, Robert [R-VA-5] 06/24/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large] 06/24/2015
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] 06/24/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4] 06/25/2015
Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] 06/25/2015
Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25] 06/25/2015
Rep. Flores, Bill [R-TX-17] 07/07/2015
Rep. Scalise, Steve [R-LA-1] 07/07/2015
Rep. Forbes, J. Randy [R-VA-4] 07/07/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 07/07/2015
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8] 07/07/2015
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1] 07/07/2015
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] 07/07/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 07/07/2015
Rep. Murphy, Tim [R-PA-18] 07/07/2015
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] 07/07/2015
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] 07/07/2015
Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3] 07/07/2015
Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] 07/07/2015
Rep. Ratcliffe, John [R-TX-4] 07/07/2015
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 07/07/2015
Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] 07/07/2015
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] 07/07/2015
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2] 07/07/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 07/08/2015
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4] 07/08/2015
Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] 07/08/2015
Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] 07/08/2015
Rep. Bishop, Mike [R-MI-8] 07/08/2015
Rep. Price, Tom [R-GA-6] 07/08/2015
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] 07/08/2015
Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC-6] 07/08/2015
Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] 07/08/2015
Rep. Roby, Martha [R-AL-2] 07/08/2015
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 07/08/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 07/09/2015
Rep. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY-At Large] 07/09/2015
Rep. Mulvaney, Mick [R-SC-5] 07/09/2015
Rep. Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8] 07/09/2015
Rep. Hultgren, Randy [R-IL-14] 07/09/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 07/09/2015
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] 07/09/2015
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6] 07/09/2015
Rep. Hardy, Cresent [R-NV-4] 07/09/2015
Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3] 07/13/2015
Rep. Clawson, Curt [R-FL-19] 07/13/2015
Rep. Blum, Rod [R-IA-1] 07/13/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 07/13/2015
Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] 07/13/2015
Rep. Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] 07/13/2015
Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1] 07/13/2015
Rep. Farenthold, Blake [R-TX-27] 07/13/2015
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] 07/13/2015
Rep. Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [R-LA-3] 07/13/2015
Rep. Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV-3] 07/13/2015
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] 07/13/2015
Rep. Joyce, David P. [R-OH-14] 07/13/2015
Rep. Wilson, Joe [R-SC-2] 07/13/2015
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 07/13/2015
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 07/13/2015
Rep. Cole, Tom [R-OK-4] 07/13/2015
Rep. Kelly, Trent [R-MS-1] 07/16/2015
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1] 07/16/2015
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 07/16/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 07/16/2015
Rep. Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX-5] 07/16/2015
Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] 07/16/2015
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 07/21/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1] 07/21/2015
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 07/21/2015
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13] 07/21/2015
Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5] 07/22/2015
Rep. Zeldin, Lee M. [R-NY-1] 07/22/2015
Rep. Womack, Steve [R-AR-3] 07/23/2015
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 07/23/2015
Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] 07/23/2015
Rep. DeSantis, Ron [R-FL-6] 07/23/2015
Rep. Culberson, John Abney [R-TX-7] 07/27/2015
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 07/27/2015
Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] 07/28/2015
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] 07/28/2015
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10] 07/28/2015
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 09/08/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 09/08/2015
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] 09/08/2015
Rep. Trott, David A. [R-MI-11] 10/06/2015
Rep. Mica, John L. [R-FL-7] 10/20/2015
Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] 10/28/2015
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] 12/03/2015
Rep. Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5] 01/13/2016
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] 02/02/2016
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 02/10/2016
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] 02/23/2016
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 02/29/2016
Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] 03/01/2016
Rep. Rigell, E. Scott [R-VA-2] 03/02/2016
Rep. Hurd, Will [R-TX-23] 03/07/2016
Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] 03/15/2016
Rep. Rice, Tom [R-SC-7] 03/16/2016
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 03/17/2016
Rep. Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO-3] 04/11/2016
Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] 04/11/2016
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 04/12/2016
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 05/10/2016
Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] 05/16/2016
Rep. Yoder, Kevin [R-KS-3] 05/27/2016
Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] 06/14/2016
Rep. Davidson, Warren [R-OH-8] 06/28/2016
Rep. Roskam, Peter J. [R-IL-6] 07/18/2016

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Government Reform06/17/2015 Referred to
House Ways and Means06/17/2015 Referred to

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