Today top D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman released draft text of “The American Decency Act of 2014,” which calls for banning openly gay athletes from playing in the National Football League and fining multi-million dollar fees on teams if they violated the Act.
Early this week, Burkman announced the drafting such a bill and that there is support for it in Congress.
The bill would prohibit NFL teams “from employing self-declared homosexual football players. This prohibition shall only apply in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual.”
Any team that violates the law would be fined $3-million, up to a maximum of $8-million.
“Is it appropriate for NFL players to shower with NFL cheerleaders? Certainly not.,” says Burkman. ” Then why would it be appropriate for straight NFL players to shower with gay NFL players?”
The bill exempts from the law teams that build separate locker facilities so that gay and straight players may shower separately.
“I truly believe NFL team owners and coaches do not want openly gay players on their teams because of the issues that will cause and I think they may tell you that if they answered honestly,” says Burkman. “The morals in this country have dropped so low that it’s sad that a bill like this is even needed.”
As a lobbyist, Burkman can’t introduce legislation. It will take at least one member of Congress.
Burkman says next week seven House members and one Senator will sign on as sponsors.
Banning openly gay NFL players bill: Grass roots campaign
Today Burkman also announced the creation of grass roots groups in 21 key states to mobilize the public so that the measure passes.
“These units will mobilize the voice of the people in these states to put pressure on members of Congress who waver or oppose this important legislation,” says Burkman, who heads Burkman LLC, which was named by The Hill as D.C.’s top lobbying firm.
Burkman says he expects that by next week, an average of 40,000 people a day will be calling the Congress.
TEXT OF THE BILL (Download The American Decency Act of 2014)
House Bill # (No TBD)
A Bill for an Act Entitled: The American Decency Act of 2014
In the House
RESOLVED by the U.S. House of Representatives of the United States of America, that the following article is proposed as federal law under the jurisdiction of the United States of America, enforceable by Executive action.
BE it enacted by the House of Representatives and by the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that:
Section 1. The National Football League and all teams thereof are hereby prohibited from employing self-declared homosexual football players. This prohibition shall only apply in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual.
Section 2. The prohibition detailed in article (A) above shall not apply to any team of the National Football League that provides facilities for homosexual players which are entirely separate and distinct from the facilities used by heterosexual players.
Section 3. Provisions (A) and (B) above shall pre-empt all relevant state law.
Section 4. The US Department of Justice shall have the power to enforce this legislation by all appropriate means.
Section 5. Should one part of this legislation be deemed at any point unconstitutional, all other parts shall be considered separate and entirely severable for Federal Constitutional purposes.
Section 6. Each violation of (A) and (B) above shall result in a fine of not less than $3 million not more than $8 million.
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