Gay Marriage
DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) enacted September 21, 1996, is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. Like other controversial laws (i.e., Roe v Wade, ObamaCare), the debate continues over the definition of marriage in America. To add to the debate, the Obama Justice Department has taken the very unusual stance of saying it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. After the SCOTUS decision on ObamaCare, the Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court for a quick review of gay marriage law. Keep up with the ongoing debate below. On June 26, 2013, The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote. The What you need to know about Marriage guide prepared by The Heritage Foundation answers the top 15 questions on the subject of marriage.

The Left’s Marriage Bill Is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

from Heritage Foundation,

Congressional Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a radical new bill last week called the Respect for Marriage Act. Misnomer: The name is nothing if not ironic. House Democrats pushed this bill in reaction to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and, if passed, it would strip states of their right to define what marriage is and would even open the door for polygamy if even one state requires it. Our take: In short, it’s a publicity stunt. “Its goal? Take the spotlight off progressives’ radical policies and paint conservatives as bigots—and all this conveniently before the midterm elections,” writes Heritage research assistant Jared Eckert.

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