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Jeb Bush Campaigns on More Kim Davis-like Discrimination

by HRC staff February 13, 2016

In South Carolina, Jeb Bush announced his support for the so-called “First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would allow public employees to engage in Kim Davis-like discrimination against LGBT people, among others.  Bush joins Cruz, Trump, and Rubio in support of the discriminatory legislation -- leaving Ohio Gov. John Kasich as the only candidate who has not taken as position on the bill.

All of the remaining candidates have pledged to sign FADA as President.

As introduced, FADA would allow government employees to spread more Kim Davis-like discrimination against LGBT people. Government employees could use FADA to cite religious objections and argue that they would not be required to serve same-sex couples. 

Specifically, FADA would allow an employee like Kim Davis to argue she was permitted to deny a marriage license to a couple, or allow an employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs to argue that they were not required to process a claim for survivor benefits for the same-sex spouse of a servicemember for personal religious reasons.

Polling conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for HRC found that more than two-thirds oppose allowing government employees being able to deny service to LGBT people on the basis of their personal religious beliefs. A 60 percent majority of voters also said they would be less likely to support a candidate for president who supported legislation allowing government employees to deny service to LGBT people.

More on the record of the candidates can be found here:

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