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Opponents think the FADA act is just as unconstitutional as the much-maligned Indiana "religious freedom" bill that haunted Vice President-elect Mike Pence throughout his final term—and they're looking forward to their day in court. 

This isn't about infringing on people's religious beliefs, it's about ensuring no one has to right to discriminate against other citizens.

Jennifer Pizer, Law and Policy Director at Lambda Legal, told NBC Out FADA "invites widespread, devastating discrimination against LGBT people" and is a deeply unconstitutional bill.
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"If Congress were to pass the federal FADA as currently written, and the next president were to sign it into law, I'm confident heads would spin at how fast the constitutional challenges would fly into court," Pizer said, adding "we're likely to have a great many allies because these attempts to misuse religion for discrimination offend enormous numbers of Americans who cherish both religious liberty and equality for all."
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Conservatives view this as protecting citizens' right to exercise religious freedom. If someone starts a small business and has deep religious convictions that conflict with a potential customer, are they not entitled to refuse service—as would be the case if someone did not abide by a dress code or was disruptive to fellow customers? The bill allows citizens to refuse service to individuals based on the following three sets of criteria:

"Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman; sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth."

It's similar to legislation passed in both Mississippi and Indiana, and Republicans in D.C. are hoping with the blessing of President-elect Trump, they will be able to preserve the rights of individuals on a federal level. Senator Ted Cruz told BuzzFeed:

“The prospects for protecting religious freedom are brighter now than they have been in a long time,” the Texas Republican told BuzzFeed News. “We are having ongoing conversations with our colleagues both in Congress and leaders in the new administration about a multitude of ways we can honor the commitment made to the voters in this last election.”

Furthermore, conservatives now believe the presidential election has granted them a mandate.

This time around, Cruz said, “Any effort to protect religious liberty has brighter prospects with a new Congress and new administration,”adding that a “relentless assault” on religious liberty was a key driver for voters.
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Here are perspectives from the anti-FADA crowd.

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Here are perspectives from the pro-FADA crowd.

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