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Urge your Representative and Senators to Co-Sponsor the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014
April 07, 2014 - Monday

The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 introduced by Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas) in the House and Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Senate. This legislation affirms a state's right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prevents the federal government from undermining a state's definition of marriage.

Please contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation.

The State Marriage Defense Act is needed because of ongoing actions by the Obama Administration to undermine state laws on marriage. Recently, the Department of Justice said it would recognize same-sex couples in Michigan as "married" even though such couples are not married currently under state law. As courts continue to hear challenges to state laws on marriage, it is vital that our nation's Attorney General respect the legal and democratic process in the thirty three states which have enacted policies in defense of natural marriage.

The State Marriage Defense Act directs the federal government to determine marital status by looking to the law of a person's state of residence. It provides much needed guidance to the federal government regarding how to determine a citizen's marital status when applying the approximately 1,000 federal laws and benefits that reference marriage. In the wake of the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling striking down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage between a man and woman, confusion has reigned as some federal agencies are now granting approval of same-sex "marriage" in states that do not recognize such marriages. As a result, the federal government has begun granting certain federal marriage benefits to same sex couples, even when the couple resides in a state that does not recognize their marriage.

This simple bill ensures that the federal government won't undermine state marriage laws. Again, I urge you to contact your Member of Congress and request their co-sponsorship of this important bill.