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Ted Cruz Wants to Use Religion to Discriminate in Our Nation's Capital

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Michael W. Macleod-Ball,
First Amendment Advisor,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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April 14, 2015

This piece originally appeared at Roll Call.

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Opponents of reproductive freedom and LGBT rights, taking this message to heart, have been pursuing an aggressive, ever more brazen strategy of using religion to discriminate. The national uproar over Indiana’s discriminatory “religious freedom” law is the latest and most prominent example, but it is by no means the only such effort. Those who seek to use religion to discriminate also have their sight set on two recently passed anti-discrimination bills in the District of Columbia that are currently under congressional review.

Having failed to prevent their passage by the D.C. Council, opponents have turned to presidential hopeful Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and James Lankford, R-Okla., neither one of whom represents the residents of the District — to attempt to block the bills from taking effect in a misguided attempt to score political points as defenders of religious liberty.

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