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“We know that marriage unites a man and a woman with each other and any children that result from their union”
— CCG Chair, William B. May
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A Step Forward for Defense of Marriage
Petition Delivered Last Week — Thanks for Taking Action
Good news. Yesterday, March 9, the U.S. House decided to take over the defense of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Last week, signatures from the petition on CCG’s website were forwarded to Speaker John Boehner telling him, “We are counting on you and the House of Representatives to take over the responsibility for defending this law in court.” Congratulations to everyone who signed the petition and/or contacted their representative.
Double Good News
On February 23, the Obama administration announced that it would no longer defend legal challenges to DOMA because they feel it is discriminatory to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. While many are attacking the President for not fulfilling his constitutional obligation to defend the law, we saw this as a positive development because, with the way they think, what kind of a defense could the Administration have given DOMA any way? They have been hostile to marriage and the common interest of children in the marriage of their mothers and fathers (See CCG’s analysis).
Now with the House taking over the legal defense of DOMA, we will be assured of a strong defense, at least for the next 21 months.
The decision was made by the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Committee on a 3-2 party line vote. The membership includes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
House General Counsel Kerry Kircher was directed to take action to defend DOMA, which will entail hiring private counsel. There are currently nine legal challenges to DOMA pending. The cost will likely be in the millions as it has been for the Prop 8 legal defense.
Marriage is under siege across the country. There is a battle going on in Maryland State House. Calls are needed to legislators by the citizens of Maryland right now.
Action for Marriage During Lent
Please dedicate your Lent to Marriage. Roped together in the work of evangelization of culture for marriage and family, read what you and your family can do. http://ccgaction.org/spiritual_life/lent2011
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