Republicans back a bill that could make it legal to fire single women because they’re pregnant

Single mothers – getting pregnant all by themselves for centuries.

Fusion

A number of Republicans in the House and Senate have backed a measure that would shield employers from legal action if they act—say, fire someone—in accordance with their belief that “marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.”

But opponents of the measure say that, in addition to unraveling anti-discrimination protections for federal contractors enacted by President Obama, the bill is broad enough that it could also sanction discrimination against pregnant single women and other people whose choices might upset their boss’ religious sensibilities.

From the text of the First Amendment Defense Act:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one…

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