05 Aug

Liberals in Congress are pushing the “Respect for Marriage Act” that could codify the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs Hodges that created the Constitutional right to same-sex marriages in the event that the Supreme Court case is overturned. Neither the Supreme Court or the federal government have the right to regulate marriage. The Constitution says that is the responsibility of the State since it does not assign it to the federal government. It would force a State to recognize a marriage as long as it was legal in the State where it occurred, even though that marriage is illegal in the State. It is very similar to laws enacted by Congress before the Civil War which free States to recognize a slave as the property of its owner as long as slavery was legal in the slave’s home State, even though slavery was illegal in the State the slave resided in. It does not limit the marriage to two partners either, so the federal government would have to recognize in federal law and all States would have recognize in their State laws, whatever definition of marriage any State would adopt. It would overturn the statutes in 34 States that define marriage as between a man and a woman. It would also nullify Constitutional amendments in 24 of those States that define marriage as between a man and a woman. It would create a legal nightmare where conservative States would have to obey the laws of liberal States, even when it violates their constitution. Apparently, they have forgotten who voted them into office and who is paying their salary. It is time for the voters to remind them when they go to the polls in November.


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