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7/27/11 at 03:05 PM 0 Comments

Sen. Franken Appeals to .00001% in Hearings on 'No Respect for Marriage Act'

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The following opinion column apeared on on 7/27/11.

Author: ADF National Media Relations Director Greg Scott

Charging politicians with “politicizing” is kind of like accusing a pitcher of pitching.  That’s just what they do, right?  True, but some things are too important to our nation’s future to abuse for the purpose of grandstanding.

Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Austin Nimocks testified July 20 in favor of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, was one of those exercises in playing politics with an issue that demands serious and sober consideration.

Not only do 62 percent of Americans maintain that marriage should be defined only as the union of husband and wife, and not only have  Americans in 31 of 31 states that have voted on marriage affirmed this definition of marriage by around 62 percent at the ballot box, but DOMA was passed by 84% of Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton.

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