A number of Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge stating they will advocate for the passage of an Indiana-style Federal “religious freedom” law if they are elected to the White House. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum have all stated they will work to pass a so-called “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA).
The pledge, which was written by the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and Family Research Council Action, states that the FADA would prevent the government from taking action against people or businesses that refuse services based on “a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as a union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The legislation would further prevent the U.S. government from “discriminating” against such firms and individuals in contracts and employment.
In addition to this pledge, front-runners Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have both recently reiterated their commitment to undoing the Supreme Court’s recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage. They have also promised to rescind federal guidelines prohibiting the government from discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.