In a blunt opinion piece at Religion Dispatches, author Patricia Miller, exposes what appears to be a new tactic by religious conservatives to advance their agenda opposing LGBT rights in the US, following the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. Thursday night, 4 MAY, the House Armed Services Committee passed out of committee the Defense Appropriations Bill. Attached to the bill is an amendment by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) requiring that all government contracts grant religious organizations the protections and exemptions of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Neither of those laws provide anti-discrimination protection to LGBT folks.
Organizations which support LGBT rights, such as the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination, fear that this is a tactic aimed at knocking out the protections provided by President Obama’s 2014 executive order that barred discrimination by federal contractors with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.