Did you know that the Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to use crucial floor time to try to force the government to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) instead of focusing time on jobs or agreeing to a budget? The President Obama recently announced the Justice Department would no longer defend this law due to it’s discriminatory and unconstitutional nature and they’re upset. We were forwarded the below email by the U.S. House Republican Study Committee.
Americans for Democratic Action wants to send these Republicans a message -- and we hope you’ll join us.. With unemployment at 8.9% and the federal budget in crisis, we the undersigned demand you focus on what really matters… Getting America Back To Work!
We are sending a clear message to Paul Teller (the executive director of the Republican Study Committee), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and every member of Congress that now is the time for them to do what they were elected to do: to get America out of this recession, not to waste time and money challenging outdated discriminatory laws against the LGBT Community.
I hope you will help us fill their in-boxes in protest and ask your member of Congress not to Co-Sponsor H.Con.Res. 25.
From: Teller, Paul
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 4:56 PM
Subject: RSC Action Alert: Defend DOMA Resolution
RSC Action Alert: Defend DOMA Resolution
Yesterday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), on behalf of the RSC, introduced the following resolution (H.Con.Res. 25) calling on the Obama Administration to reverse its outrageous decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). We encourage all RSC Members to co-sponsor this resolution as soon as possible and then tout such co-sponsorship publicly.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with Rep. Hartzler to co-sponsor. Thank you….
Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the Obama administration’s discontinuing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
Whereas on February 23, 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the Justice Department to drop its defense of a central part of the 1996 law that bars the Federal Government from recognizing same-sex unions, the Defense of Marriage Act, and both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder concluded the law is unconstitutional;
Whereas President Obama himself has said that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman;
Whereas passed by significant majorities in both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act has never been overturned in any Federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality by a Federal Court, yet the Department of Justice has decided not to defend this act in Federal court;
Whereas on the contrary, the Department of Justice is vigorously defending in numerous Federal courts across the country President Obama’s signature health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148), and the related Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152), after these bills barely passed both chambers of Congress on party line votes, and whose critical Individual Mandate provision has been declared unconstitutional by, separate Federal district courts in the cases of Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services, Case No.: 3:10-cv-91-RV/EMT (N.D. Fla., Jan. 31, 2011), and Virginia ex rel. Cuccinelli v. Sebelius, No. 3:10cv188-HEH (E.D. Va., filed Dec. 13, 2010); and
Whereas the vast majority of Americans believe that marriage should continue to be what it always has been—the legal and spiritual union between one man and one woman:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress—
(1) condemns the Obama administration’s direction that the Department of Justice should discontinue defending the Defense of Marriage Act; and
(2) demands that the Department of Justice continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in all instances.
Paul S. Teller
U.S. House Republican Study Committee (RSC)
Office of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman