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GREENSBURG, PA - MAY 06: Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz joins former President Donald Trump onstage during a rally in support of his campaign at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds on May 6, 2022 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Former President Trump endorsed Dr. Oz in the Pennsylvania Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate over his top opponent David McCormick. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Stop The Federal Government From Forcing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ On The States! Tell your Senators to vote NO.

(LifeSiteNews) — Former TV personality and Trump-endorsed Republican U.S. Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz has thrown his support behind a Democrat bill to codify forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” and open the door to federal recognition of polygamy, as questions continue to swirl about whether Oz will be able to keep the Pennsylvania seat held by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey in GOP hands.

Introduced as part of Democrats’ efforts to stoke fear over the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, HR 8404 would repeal the longstanding (but unenforced) Defense of Marriage Act, which recognized marriage as a man-woman union in federal law and protected states’ rights to do the same; federally recognize any “marriage” lawfully performed by any state; and force every state to recognize any “marriage” of any other state “between 2 individuals,” without regard for “the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals.”

Notably, HR 8404’s “2 individuals” language only applies to states, not to the federal government. So while states would only have to recognize one another’s same-sex “marriages,” the federal government would have to recognize any new “marriage” arrangement a state comes up with, such as a marriage of more than two people.

On Tuesday, the Oz campaign told The Hill that he would support HR 8404. “Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that same sex couples should have the same freedom to get married as straight couples,” a spokesperson said.

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Oz, who currently trails Democrat Senate nominee John Fetterman in the polls, narrowly won the GOP nomination for the seat thanks in large part to his endorsement by former President Donald Trump, despite a record of left-wing stances on major issues.

As recently as 2019, Oz attacked abortion bans predicated on the presence of fetal heartbeats, on the grounds that “they’re electrical changes at six weeks, but the heart’s not beating,” as well as suggested that Roe v. Wade saved women from largely-mythical “coat hanger” abortions and framed his “personal” opposition to abortion as distinct from what the law should be.

In 2010, Oz emerged as a critical, early backer of “transitioning” gender-confused children, running an hour-long special about “transgender children” that promoted a fifteen-year-old girl who had undergone a double mastectomy at age fourteen and an eight-year-old boy being raised as a girl named “Josie.”

The episode also featured Chicago pediatrician and transgender activist Dr. Robert Garofalo, who encouraged parents to disregard medical professionals and give gender-confused kids highly dangerous, off-label hormone drugs and “sex change” surgeries before they turn sixteen. Garofalo credits his Dr. Oz appearance as a breakthrough for his career that led him to shift his focus specifically to experimental transgender drugs and surgeries for children.

47 House Republicans joined every House Democrat in voting to pass HR 8404, with the blessing of House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has declined to stake out a public position on the legislation until Democrat majority leader Chuck Schumer announces a decision on bringing it to the floor.

So far, five Republican senators have either committed to or implied supporting the bill: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Thom Tillis, Rob Portman, and Ron Johnson. Democrats need a total of ten GOP defections to clear the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. It remains to be seen if they will find the remaining five votes in the current legislative session, or if this fall’s midterm elections will yield better or worse prospects for the bill.

In the meantime, while Senate GOP leaders are neglecting to mobilize opposition to HR 8404, conservative groups such as Family Research Council, American Family Association, and LifeSiteNews are picking up the slack. LifeSite is currently running a VoterVoice campaign attempting to make Republican senators aware of grassroots opposition to HR 8404, and vote against it accordingly. 

Stop The Federal Government From Forcing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ On The States! Tell your Senators to vote NO.

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