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Lawmaker aims to curb feds' bullying tactics re: marriage definitions

Posted by on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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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.

Weber

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.

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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?

Eastman

"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
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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Sounds like the 3/5 Compromise kind of.

Taking American waaaaaaay back, huh?

motha2daDuchess
by Bruja on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM
oh in Az fucking moron is actually drafting sb to ALLOW discrimination in the case of religious beliefs...
itsmesteph11
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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Though something that should not need to be done, it's a good idea.  Being that it is a good idea though, it will never happen. The fact is thats a state issue and the FEDs don't trump the states.  PERIOD. 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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It's really interesting that there are those who want a much smaller Federal Government and more State power...until the state wants to pass some law they don't agree with and then it's all about the Fed stepping in to set the state right and tell them they can't do that.

morrigan914
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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What about individuals constitutional rights? And separation of church and state? I have yet to hear a good argument against same sex marriage that has nothing to do with religion.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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Civil rights should apply equally to ALL citizens of the USA.

Audisma
by New Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM
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Because the argument is completely based on religious beliefs. The argument is that this county was founded on Christian principles. And no one seems to care that the whole reason we founded this country was for religious freedom. Now we force our citizens to abide by rules based on the bible. Oh the irony..

Quoting morrigan914:

What about individuals constitutional rights? And separation of church and state? I have yet to hear a good argument against same sex marriage that has nothing to do with religion.

VoodooVixen
by Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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Allowing states to discriminate. Great idea. Smh
..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jan. 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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ROFL @ bullying tactics.
supercarp
by Silver Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM
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I think that the states should get out of the marriage business. Consenting adults should be able to marry who they want, but don't attach it to money.

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