Repeal of DOMA Hearing Set for Nov 3

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Call or Write U.S. Senate Committee Members 

 by William B. May

WASHINGTON, DC, October 26, 2011 (updated Nov 4)-- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has called a hearing for November 10 on California Senator Diane Feinstein's bill to repeal the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act. It is important to understand the consequences of this bill and its impact on marriage across the country. (NOTE: the hearing and vote has been changed from November 3 to November 10.)

CA Senator Diane Feinstein authors bill to repeal DOMA

U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein

For California voters who spoke so clearly on the definition of marriage in 2008 when they passed Proposition 8, this bill is a real slap in the face by their very own senior Senator. She could be facing a very tough re-election campaign next year, and her blatant disregard for the will of the voters will not help her.

Many think this issue is merely about "same-sex" marriage. It is not. Don't use that term. There is no such thing in the law or in court decisions. What is happening is an effort to accommodate same-sex couples by redefining marriage and creating a new institution that is merely the public recognition of committed relationships for the beneficial interests of adults. In order to do that, Senator Feinstein, and the other 9 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee that are already co-sponsoring this bill, are actually standing in opposition to the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. In fact, when marriage is redefined to accommodate adult interests of equality, promoting the unique value of marriage between a man and a woman for children and society becomes an illegal act of discrimination. 

It is very important to understand that this issue is not about "same-sex marriage" or even homosexuality. That may come as a surprise. We need to change the way we think about this. It is really about the very meaning of marriage and the ability to encourage young people and children, when they grow up, to marry before having children. The reality of marriage as the only institution that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union is something that must be taught in schools and should be supported by every institution in society. That is our position! Getting people to recognize this imperative is the work of evangelization of culture and social justice.

Too many children are deprived of their mothers and fathers with significant human consequences. And yet, it is the position of the Obama Administration (from a court document related to the defense of DOMA) that:

“The government does not contend that there are legitimate government interests in ‘creating a legal structure that promotes the raising of children by both of their biological parents,’” (reply brief Smelts v U.S.).

Points Made in CCG Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

 Read CCG Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

Action

Call or Write Judiciary Committee Members Today!

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Message for Democratic Senators

Please call or write Senator Feinstein and the other Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them to "Stop trying to redefine marriage to make it just an institution for the private interest and benefit of adults. It is wrong for you to oppose the only institution that supports the fundamental human right for every child without exception to know and be cared for by their mother and father, as far as possible."

Message for Republican Senators

 Please call or write Republican members of the committee and ask them to "Please continue your support for DOMA and protection of marriage between a man and a woman, the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers.

This is shocking. The government has no interest in supporting the fundamental human right of children to know and be cared for by their mothers and fathers? This is the same position that must be held by Senator Feinstein and any other person who supports repealing DOMA and redefining marriage in the law. It is a shocking reality and advocates of redefining marriage must be held accountable and made to defend their outrageous position.

Claims that redefining marriage can be justified because same-sex couples may be parenting children are absurd. By definition, they are parenting children who have been deprived of their mother or father or both. That is reality! And, marriage is the reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union. (see article on adoption). 

When redefining marriage is viewed in terms of its real consequences, the position of Senator Feinstein, and the powerful special interests backing her, is indefensible. Take action today by contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Consequences of the DOMA Repeal Subterfuge

Six states and Washington, DC have redefined marriage in the law, either by judicial fiat or legislative vote. Now the strategy of marriage opponents is to use these states to claim an injustice because same-sex couples who have been married under the new definition do not qualify for federal benefits. Benefits provided for marriage at the federal and state level have been reserved as incentives to encourage men and women to marry as a foundation  families and to support them in their marriage.

"Don't ask, don't tell" repeal has had the consequence of creating more conflicts with federal law regarding same-sex couples who might be "married" in states where it has been redefined, but can't be recognized by the military because federal law under DOMA only recognizes the reality of marriage that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.

More conflicts with federal law have been generated by two Indian Tribes redefining marriage, the Coquille Tribe in Oregon (2008) and the Suquomish Tribe in Washington (Aug. 1, 2011).

The U.S. Defense of Marriage Act has two parts, one the protects the rights of states to not have to recognize redefined marriage from other states, and the other the defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for the federal government. If DOMA is repealed, it will clear the way for legal challenges in the 41 states that have laws or constitutional amendments protecting marriage.

Contact Members of the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee Members

Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support marriage, the reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union.

Democrats

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [Chairman] 202-224-4242 202-224-3479 http://leahy.senate.gov/contact/
Herb Kohl (D-WI) 202-224-5653 202-224-9787 http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841 202-228-3954 http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Charles E. (Chuck) Schumer (D-NY) 202-224-6542 202-228-3027 http://schumer.senate.gov/Contact/contact_chuck.cfm
Dick Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152 202-228-0400 http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921 202-228-6362 http://whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) 202-224-3244 202-228-2186 http://klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm
Al Franken (D-MN) 202-224-5641 202-224-0044 http://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=email_al
Christopher Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042 202-228-3075 http://coons.senate.gov/contact/
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 202-224-2823 202-224-9673 http://blumenthal.senate.gov/contact/

Republicans

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form
Chuck Grassley (R-IA) [Ranking Member] 202-224-3744 202-224-6020 http://www.grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) 202-224-5251 202-224-6331 http://hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-orrin
Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 202-224-4521 202-224-2207 http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 202-224-4124 202-224-3149 http://sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseActio …
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972 202-224-3808 http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction …
John Cornyn (R-TX) 202-224-2934 202-228-2856 http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
Mike Lee (R-UT) 202-224-5444 202-228-1168 http://lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-senato …
Tom Coburn (R-OK) 202-224-5754 202-224-6008 http://coburn.senate.gov/public/?p=ContactForm


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