Key Religious Freedom Protection Stripped From Defense Spending Bill After Pro-LGBT Groups Complain

In May, the House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act — annual legislation that lays out the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense — that included a measure known as the Russell Amendment.The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., would have made it so that faith-based federal government contractors — like aid groups who serve the vulnerable refugees, soldiers in war zones and victims of human trafficking — could not be denied federal contracts or grants for having employment policies that align with biblical teachings on marriage and sexuality.

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