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Senate Vote Looming on SSM Bill

Sep 10, 2022

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated during a press conference he will push the Senate to vote THIS MONTH on HR 8404, misnamed the “Respect for Marriage Act.” Schumer said, “let me be clear, a vote will happen." Next week the Senate floor is opening for votes. This bill will codify same-sex marriage AND any perverted notion of “marriage” on every state as long as just one state or territory recognizes it. This erases states’ rights.

This bill goes much further than same-sex marriage. It will expand pedophilia “marriages,” child brides and open the door for polygamy. Indeed, this week Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) admitted that to get Republican votes, they will propose an amendment to the bill to “correct a drafting error” that Republicans fear could open the door to polygamy. This was no drafting error.

Already four Republicans have expressed support for HR 8404 as it currently stands. About 16 more Republicans are undecided or considering voting in favor. If six more Republicans cave, HR 8404 will pass.

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.

Even if you have already sent faxes, I urge you to fax the Senate again to block this attack on our nation, on our freedom and on marriage. This is such a critical moment. — Mat

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 even father-son) and more.

Third, while it currently applies to “a marriage between 2 individuals,” the bill would open the door to polygamy and polyamory if one person marries a spouse in two different states and then demands a third state to recognize both marriages. The penalty for polygamy in Utah, for example, has been lowered to the level of a traffic fine.

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?”

I have been on the front lines of defending people of faith, and the warning in Obergefell has come true. The Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, was the first person to face persecution and even jail.

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 that “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! 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!

Without you, NONE of our work is possible. Thanks to generous supporters, our Challenge Grant will effectively DOUBLE YOUR DONATION. PLEASE, be a part of the blessing today.

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

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

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“H.R. 8404—Respect for Marriage Act.” 2022. House of Representatives Committee on Rules. July 18, 2022.  

Hutzler, Alexandra, and Trish Turner. “Schumer Says Senate Will Vote on Bill to Codify Same-Sex Marriage.” ABC News, September 7, 2022. 

“Obergefell v. Hodges.” Legal Information Institute. Cornell Law School. Accessed July 25, 2022.

“(Order List: 592 U.S.) October 5, 2020 CERTIORARI -- SUMMARY DISPOSITIONS,” 2020.

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