Lawmaker aims to curb feds' bullying tactics re: marriage definitions
A move is under way in the House of Representatives to bring into check federal officials who believe they have the authority to impose their own will regarding the definition of marriage.
Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas) has introduced the "State Marriage Defense Act of 2014" which, according to the lawmaker's office, "will simply require federal agencies to look to a person's legal residence when determining marital status and application of federal law."
Weber says he drafted the legislation to affirm the authority of states to define and regulate marriage. "By requiring that the federal government defer to the laws of a person's state of legal residence in determining marital status, we can protect states' constitutionally established powers from the arbitrary overreach of unelected bureaucrats," he states.
When will states stand up to the feds on marriage?
OneNewsNow turned to Dr. John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage for more insight into Weber's bill, which is backed by several conservative family and religious organizations as well as more than two dozen members of the House.
"Well, increasingly the federal government has decided to force different marriage policy – one that would recognize redefinition of marriage to include same-sex relationships – on the states that have not adopted that as a policy," says Eastman. "So this law would protect the right of the states to adhere to the traditional marriage policies that they have adopted."
When the Supreme Court struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last summer, it said the states alone would have that authority. So why are federal courts continuing to rule against states that want to protect traditional marriage?
"Well, they're ignoring a Supreme Court ruling in recognizing, for example, marriages that were performed in Utah while in the short period of time when a single trial federal court judge had held Utah's statute [banning same-sex marriage] to be unconstitutional," replies Eastman.
"But that ruling has now been held in held in abeyance by a unanimous action of the Supreme Court of the United States."
Regardless, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ruled Utah's homosexual marriages valid for federal purposes – even though they are not legal in the state. Weber's bill would enshrine states' rights in federal law.- See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2014/01/16/lawmaker-aims-to-curb-feds-bullying-tactics-re-marriage-definitions#.Utk1g7TFmM9