According to one attorney, homosexual activists consider the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision granting religious rights to business owners a temporary stumbling block to their campaign.
Because of the ruling, some homosexual groups have withdrawn their support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure that would provide special rights and protections for homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders in the workplace
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action and founder of Barbwire.com, tells OneNewsNow it is because the bill provides broad language exempting religious employers.
"They will not support ENDA unless it forces churches and religious organizations, Christian organizations, to adopt the view that homosexual behavior, despite what the Bible says, is normal natural and good," he reports.
So Barber suggests those activists do not feel the ENDA they previously supported was tough enough.
"Now for them to admit that they want all religious protections removed from ENDA shows that what this is really all about is criminalizing Christianity and doing away with freedom of religion," the attorney points out.
When the activists do, in conjunction with liberals, develop language for new language to accomplish that, Barber is not sure "it will get any legs" in Congress.
In fact, a bill designed to provide special rights for homosexuals, lesbians and transgendered individuals has already been approved by the Senate, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refuses to bring it up for a vote in that chamber.
As Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union have withdrawn support for ENDA because of the Hobby Lobby decision allowing business owners of faith to reject abortion causing drugs, Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition says there is "a complete freak-out by the gay, lesbian, transgender and left communities because they fear that what the court case has done will allow anybody with any religious objection to object to anything."
But Lafferty warns that Christian business owners are not in the clear yet because additional efforts are under way to craft new language that does not include broad religious exemptions.
"They are opposed to religious exemptions," she reiterates. "So here we have it; we've been talking about this problem that was brewing. It's now here, and … those on the left are saying that Christians should be forced to comply. They want to force this down everybody's throat."
Still in the hopper are two executive orders proposed by President Obama. One would protect transgender federal workers, and the other would force government contractors to protect them.