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Vote Close for Same Sex Marriage Bill

Jul 27, 2022

Yesterday the U.S. Senate floor opened for votes starting at 6:30 p.m. This means senators can vote to undermine marriage, religious freedom and states’ rights. HR 8404, misnamed the “Respect for Marriage Act,” will impose any radical (and wrong) definition of marriage on every state as long as just one state or territory recognizes it. In addition, it will erase states’ rights.

This bill will not just repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), it will also codify the Supreme Court’s 2015 unconstitutional 5-4 opinion regarding same-sex marriage (SSM) in Obergefell. But this bill goes much further.

Already five Republicans have expressed support for HR 8404. About 15 more Republicans are undecided or considering voting in favor. If five more Republicans cave, HR 8404 will pass.

Senate Republican leadership does not appear to be whipping votes against this bill. It is up to you to contact the senators and let them know that we oppose HR 8404, a bill that will deconstruct marriage, assault religious freedom and override states’ rights.

Rush your urgent faxes to the Senate to block this attack on our nation, on our freedom and on marriage. — Your Faith & Liberty team

Justice Clarence Thomas is right. The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage opinion is on the same shaky ground as abortion—as a made-up “right” pulled out of thin air. Those pushing the LGBTQ agenda are in a tailspin about this fact.

Misnamed the Respect for Marriage Act, this bill undermines marriage. First, when Obergefell is overruled, HR 8404 will continue same-sex marriage.

Second, HR 8404 goes far beyond same-sex marriage because it empowers one state to set national marriage policy—including incestuous marriage (father-daughter or mother-son) and more.

Third, while it currently applies to “a marriage between 2 individuals,” the bill would open the door to polygamy and polyamory by simply striking “2” before or after the bill is passed.

Note, the bill does not say that marriage is only for two individuals, but that the bill requires a state to recognize “a marriage between 2 individuals.” The deconstruction of marriage is the stated goal of some LGBTQ advocates.

The bill could allow one person to enter more than one marriage between two people all at the same time, thus authorizing polygamy. Every House Republican from Utah supported this bill.

That is one of the many perversions of marriage allowed by this bill. It has no limits on the age of the individuals, no limits on family relationships and no requirements of the marital status of someone who wants to marry.

The Senate is very close to passing HR 8404. The senators must hear from you. STOP HR 8404 with your urgent faxes to the Senate.

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, some Justices warned that the decision could have a damaging and serious impact on people of faith. Chief Justice John Roberts took the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench. He referred to the five Justices as “lawyers” who imposed “an act of will, not legal judgment.” He said, “Just who do they think we are?”

Business owners are being bankrupted and shut down if they do not accept and promote same-sex marriage. Even schools are worried about their accreditation status, and organizations are worried about their tax-exempt status if they do not comply.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a later opinion: “Since Obergefell, parties have continually attempted to label people of good will as bigots merely for refusing to alter their religious beliefs in the wake of prevailing orthodoxy.” Regarding Kim Davis he wrote, “those with sincerely held religious beliefs will find it increasingly difficult to participate in society without running afoul of” Obergefell.

Thus far, this level of persecution is happening under a Court ruling, but under a federal law, the ability to target and attack people of faith will increase!

We have a short window. Tell as many senators as you can to stop this bill! Click here to send your faxes now and keep reading to get a chilling glimpse into what we are fighting against.

Now that this bill is in the Senate, we are anticipating Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will try several different strategies to get this on Joe Biden’s desk. Schumer said, “This legislation is so important. I’m working with Senator Baldwin, one of our Senate leaders on this bill, to get the necessary Republican support to pass it in the Senate.”

Every minute of every day we need one person on the floor to object to a voice vote. This will force a full vote.

The Senate vote on this bill will be very close. We need every senator we can get to stop this bill. YOU can make the difference.

Working together, we can stop HR 8404 from passing! Everyone must speak up NOW by sending a fax and signing the petition!

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As always, we appreciate your prayers for our nation and for our team!

Your missionaries to Washington, DC,

Peggy Nienaber, Vice President
Mat Staver, Chairman
Rev. Gregory Cox, Lead Missionary

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Sources:

“Obergefell v. Hodges.” Legal Information Institute. Cornell Law School. Accessed July 25, 2022. Law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-556#writing-14-556_DISSENT_4.

“(Order List: 592 U.S.) October 5, 2020 CERTIORARI -- SUMMARY DISPOSITIONS,” 2020. Supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/100520zor_3204.pdf.

Schumer, Chuck. “Last night, the House. . .” Twitter account: @SenSchumer. July 20, 2022. Twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1549792216788467713.

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