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URGENT: Senate Returns to Vote

Nov 11, 2022

On Monday, the U.S. senators return to D.C., with a plan to vote for the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act. Let’s greet them with a MOUNTAIN of faxes opposing the worst marriage bill ever introduced on Capitol Hill. A vote will happen next week on HR 8404 before the Thanksgiving break!

Genevieve became one of several hundred thousand “child brides” in America, but if HR 8404 is passed, that number will skyrocket. In the eyes of the law, she was too young to work. But under a strange law, she was old enough to marry.

She was 14. He was in his 40s, twice divorced, father of two. They were neighbors in a trailer park when her mom overheard a phone conversation between them. Genevieve’s mom decided the two must get married. The sexual abuse Genevieve faced since age 11 was about to get much worse ...

With the senators coming back, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) plan is to vote on HR 8404 next week. We have a narrow window to demand they block HR 8404 that will force all 50 states to honor and recognize child bride marriages while federalizing same-sex “marriage.” This bill will enable horrible abuse, even as the Supreme Court’s 2015 same-sex marriage decision will certainly be overruled at some point.

I need your help to hold senators accountable and hold the line against this bad bill. Rush urgent faxes to the Senate against HR 8404. The Senate is our one and only chance to stop this bill. —Mat

Sen. Schumer bypassed congressional hearings, silenced congressional testimony and rushed this bill through on a shortened time frame. At any time, the Senate floor is open, they could pass this bill with a simple voice vote, or they just need a few more Republican votes to get it past a filibuster.

And that’s the last hurdle to this bill becoming law.

Already four Republicans have caved and indicated they will support this bill, and 15 more Republican senators are on the fence—publicly undecided—as to how they will vote. However, they are getting nervous and unsure about their vote because they are hearing from you.

These legislators must continue to hear from you. Even if you have faxed before, make your voice heard about the horrible intended and unintended consequences of this legislation.

Senate Republican leadership appears to be stepping back. They are concerned to be seen as going against the LGBTQ lobby!

It is up to you to contact the senators and let them know you oppose HR 8404. It is a bill that will deconstruct marriage, assault religious freedom, override states’ rights and lock a child in a pedophilic relationship for years!

Rush your urgent faxes to the Senate to block this attack on our nation, on our freedom and on marriage.

Genevieve says her mom was mentally ill, her stepfather was verbally and physically abusive, and when she was just 11 years old, she was molested by their landlord. Her mother never believed her, but the court convicted and sentenced the rapist to 180 days in jail.

It was then that Genevieve’s neighbor, John Malloy, the man she would be forced to marry, started grooming her. He invited her inside and even tried to kiss her, but she ran away. One day when she was especially lonely, she called him. Her mother overheard the call, and the police got involved. NBC confirmed that Malloy was arrested for “lewd sexual acts,” however, “charges were dropped” at a later point.

Instead, Genevieve’s mother decided the two must be married. Genevieve’s mom first tried to have them marry in California, but that didn’t work out only because the judge objected. Then she tried in Nevada. She couldn’t have them married there, but only because Genevieve wasn’t pregnant.

Finally, the 43-year-old Malloy borrowed an RV and drove with Genevieve and her mom 2,000 miles to get married in Mississippi, where the law allows 15-year-olds to marry with one parent’s approval.

That law, which enabled her marriage in 1991, is still on the books. Genevieve fled her “marriage” four years later.

As shocking as Genevieve’s story is, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is fighting hard to pass HR 8404—the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act.” It will not just push same-sex “marriage” onto all 50 states and territories but will also force them to recognize and honor the situation that Genevieve was forced into—even in states that do not permit child brides.

This bill will enable a loophole for child pedophiles and abusers! We must stop this bill. It is nothing more than government-enabled abuse, plain and simple, that will be enabled by HR 8404. This bill already passed the House, and now it is our opportunity to stop it.

Democrats are getting very close to being able to pass this bill. However, Republicans who voted for this bill in the House now regret their vote. They never thought of the bill’s implications. Some senators are also having second thoughts. Now is the time to keep up the pressure.

Every minute of every day we need one senator on the floor to object to a voice vote. This will force a full vote and we expect it to 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 faxes 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 by selecting here.

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

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action


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