Saturday, June 07, 2008

New Federal Marriage Protection Amendment in Congress

Congressmen are slow to back this amendment

Illinois residents, CLICK HERE to E-mail your congressman and urge support

-- From "Ga. Republican to introduce federal amendment to ban gay marriage" by Dyana Bagby, Southern Voice Atlanta 5/23/08

Backlash from the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage continued this week as U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said he plans to introduce an amendment to the U.S.

“What the activist judges in California have shown is that the traditional definition of marriage is under assault by a cadre of lawyers and judges who hold the will of the voters in contempt,” Broun said in a press release. “As a result, a political and social question that should be resolved at the ballot box is being imposed by a handful of liberal elites.”

“Broun’s amendment is just another attempt by anti-gay extremists to try and stop the inevitable march towards progress we continue to see,” said Trevor Thomas, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay political group. “We will be there every step of the way fighting extremists and their fear tactics. And due to our community’s work in ‘06 to change the leadership in Congress, this bill is ‘dead on arrival’ this legislative session.”

Broun said his “Marriage Protection Amendment” is a direct result of the 4-3 decision by the California Supreme Court on May 15. The court ruled the state statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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