House Democrats blocked a religious liberty amendment offered by Chip Roy to their gay marriage bill, and they suggest it was because it was too much trouble.
This happened in the House Rules Committee and the Democrat chairman claimed that if he allowed the amendment then it would kill the bill because it would have to go back to the Senate and there’s not enough time.
Here’s more via Fox News:
House Democrats have blocked a Republican amendment that would have strengthened religious liberty protections in the Respect for Marriage Act, a bipartisan bill that would require the federal government to recognize all marriages, including same-sex marriages, that are legal in the state where they took place.
The House Rules Committee held a hearing Monday afternoon on an amendment offered by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, that would have prohibited the federal government from retaliating against any individual or organization that opposes same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds. Committee Chairman Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., refused to allow Roy’s amendment to advance to the House floor, explaining that Democrats want to pass the Respect for Marriage Act during the lame-duck session of Congress before Republicans take over the House next year.
“If we were to amend this, and it goes back to the Senate, for all intents and purposes it’s dead for the year,” McGovern said. “And many of us believe that we have a court right now that is hellbent on trying to reverse the rights for the LGBTQ community, and we do not trust them to respect marriage equality in this country.”
If I truly believed this excuse it would be a travesty. Rather than doing the bill right the first time, they choose to rush it through because they really want to pass it, damning all the consequences. What a betrayal of their oath of office.
But we all know the real reason they refused to pass the amendment is because they don’t want it. They don’t agree with it. They want Christians punished for not agreeing with gay marriage.
This is why Senate Democrats are okay with the watered down toothless religious liberty amendment given to us by the likes of Thom Tillis and his band of RINOs. When a real religious liberty amendment was proposed they killed it because they knew it would actually protect Christians.
It’s the same in the House.