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Stop Federal Lawmakers From Forcing Homosexual ‘Marriage’ On The States! Tell Your Senators To Vote NO.

(LifeSiteNews) – With the Senate on the verge of passing Democrats’ radical Respect for Marriage Act and codifying homosexual “marriage,” LifeSite has launched a new petition urging Republican senators to oppose the bill and protect “natural marriage and the constitutional freedom of individual states.”

The so-called Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) would enshrine same-sex “marriage” into federal law, override duly-enacted laws and constitutional amendments in 35 states, require the federal government to recognize polygamous marriages or any other redefinitions of marriage if a state approves them, and open the door to drastic attacks on religious freedom.

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We need YOU to be a voice for natural marriage and the constitutional freedom of individual states by SIGNING and SHARING this petition calling on Republican U.S. Senators to oppose the deceitfully named "Respect for Marriage Act!"

Leftist members of Congress have, once again, opted to ignore the myriad of issues facing our country — be it the border crisis, gas prices, inflation, crime, and more — to instead virtue-signal by introducing their radical new bill, the so-called "Respect for Marriage Act," which, among other things, would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

And with the radical left continuing its attempts to redefine words, people, and events to better suit their agenda and advance their political narratives, it should come as no surprise that their latest target happens to be natural marriage.

But marriage is not a political tool for the left to manipulate and destroy; it is the key building block of our society, and the primary basis for the safe, responsible upbringing of our children.

Republican members of the U.S. Senate still have a chance to defend natural marriage by stopping this bill from becoming law, but we need to let them know that the American people oppose the left's seemingly never-ending efforts to degrade the sanctity of marriage.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to Republican members of the U.S. Senate, insisting that they vote against the "Respect for Marriage Act" when it comes before them for any form of vote.
 


The legislation in question, formally filed as H.R.8404 and sponsored by liberal New York Congressman Jerry Nadler, would codify same-sex marriage into federal law, effectively forcing states to recognize any marriage performed in another state regardless of laws on their own books.

It would also fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed by President Clinton back in 1996 and formally defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman under federal law.

With the fall of Roe v. Wade back in June, the left's paranoia about losing ground when it comes to their radical social and political agenda has reached a fever pitch, resulting in the ongoing push for the "Respect for Marriage Act," which, if we don't act soon, may well become law...

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: With a 50-50 Senate, the left needs just TEN Republican members to bow to pressure: the mainstream media, Big Tech, Hollywood, and the university system are all fighting against us. With so much pressure against conservatives, we need you to send these Senators a powerful message demanding that they stand strong against the left.

That's why we need your help now.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to Republican U.S. Senators across the country, urging them to stand against the left's attempts to reinvent marriage by opposing the so-called "Respect for Marriage Act" when it comes before them for a vote.

Protect natural marriage! Protect the freedoms of individual states!

Put Republican U.S. Senators on notice and let them know that you're watching closely how they vote on the "Respect for Marriage Act."

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In the event that the Supreme Court overturns its 2015 decision that mandated recognition of same-sex “marriage” nationwide, conservative states would still be forced to grant “full faith and credit” to homosexual “marriages” and other civil marriages “between two individuals” recognized by another state if the Respect for Marriage Act becomes law.

Despite the disastrous ramifications of the RFMA for marriage, faith, and the family, the House passed the bill in July with an unexpected 47 Republican votes and the blessing of GOP House leaders.

Since then, four Republican senators have publicly signaled that they will likely vote for the the measure when it comes before the Senate: Susan Collins of Maine, Rob Portman of Ohio, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson initially said he saw “no reason to oppose” the RFMA but has since somewhat backpedaled his apparent support amid grassroots conservative backlash.

Democrats need 10 Republican votes to overcome the Senate filibuster and send the Respect for Marriage Act to Joe Biden, a longtime backer of same-sex “marriage,” who has enthusiastically endorsed it. The bill would be Biden’s first major LGBT-related legislative victory – and just in time for the midterms.

Senate Democrats, who have vowed to bring the RFMA up for a vote as early as September, are confident that they have the votes they need. “I am feeling very hopeful that we’ll have in excess of 10 votes from the Republicans that we need,” said Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in an interview with MSNBC last week. Baldwin, the first openly lesbian senator and a co-sponsor of the RFMA, cited “many encouraging, hopeful conversations” she has had with Republicans privately about the bill.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has still not announced a public position on the RFMA, and Sen. John Thune, the Senate GOP whip, has said that Republican leadership will probably not urge senators to oppose it.

READ: The Republican Party is about to betray Christians and destroy the traditional family

‘A blatant denial of God’s plan’

Faithful Catholic leaders, including Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, have strongly condemned the Respect for Marriage Act, with Bishop Strickland warning that the legislation “places us in great peril.”

“It is in truth a blatant denial of God’s plan for humanity & places us in great peril,” the Texas bishop tweeted last month. “All who love God & seek to live His Commandments must go on record opposing this travesty & denial of God’s Law.”

“To continue down this path is destructive to the human community now and puts our eternal salvation in jeopardy,” he wrote in a blog post.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has also petitioned Congress to reject the bill, which he said could “further marginalize millions” of Christians and other people who oppose homosexual “marriage.”

“The ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ would do the opposite of what its name implies, codifying a demand for states and the federal government to honor whatever may be deemed ‘marriage’ by any other state,” the archbishop lamented, noting that three cities in Massachusetts have already granted legal recognition to polygamous partnerships.

“The health and socioeconomic benefits of stable family life with a mother and a father are well-established, as are the positive outcomes for children raised in such a home,” and children have a “basic right” to be raised by a mother and father in an exclusive, lifelong marriage whenever possible, he stressed.

READ: 80+ religious conservative groups urge McConnell, GOP to oppose gay marriage codification bill

Top conservative organizations, including Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation, and Family Research Council, issued similar warnings about the Respect for Marriage Act in a July 26 letter addressed to Sen. McConnell.

The RFMA “would require federal recognition of any one state’s definition of marriage without any parameters whatsoever,” including “plural marriages, time-bound marriages, open marriages, marriages involving a minor or relative, platonic marriages, or any other new marriage definition that a state chooses to adopt,” the groups warned.

The radical bill, moreover, “effectively deputizes activist groups to sue religious individuals, organizations, and businesses that operate according to their sincerely held religious belief that marriage is between one man and one woman and also act ‘under color of state law,’” which could include faith-based foster care agencies, social service groups, and other religious organizations that contract with the government.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could additionally use the RFMA to strip faith-based institutions of their tax-exempt status if they uphold traditional marriage, the letter further warned. “As such, anyone who supports this measure is crossing a line into aiding and abetting the persecution of people of faith.”

Along with the LifePetition, LifeSiteNews is running a Voter Voice campaign alerting senators about conservative voters’ opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act and the dangers posed by the bill.

Stop Federal Lawmakers From Forcing Homosexual ‘Marriage’ On The States! Tell Your Senators To Vote NO.

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