The bill essentially nullifies federal and state religious freedom protections by handing authority to the U.S. Department of Justice to interpret and investigate claims of discrimination. For example, the bill cites “conversion therapy” as a form of “discrimination”. The bill prohibits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 from providing a claim, defense, or basis for challenging such protections.
The bill would create a protected class for those who identify as homosexual based on their belief in their sexual identity alone, while providing the federal government the power to punish disbelief among skeptics and religious dissenters.
The bill codifies progressive beliefs into absolute legal standards. The language is already obsolete, as it limits “sexual orientation” identity to heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. The LGBT designation currently includes dozens of sexual identities and orientations.