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Senate committee approves bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act
Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2011 | MATT ANDERSON

Posted on 11/10/2011 2:34:39 PM PST by NYer

WASHINGTON D.C., November 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a narrow vote Thursday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would grant federal recognition to homosexual “marriages.” The bill, titled the “Respect for Marriage Act,” passed the Democrat controlled committee by a 10-8 vote, with the members of the committee voting along party lines.

The “Respect for Marriage Act” was introduced in the Senate in March by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) with the goal of repealing the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). DOMA asserts that states where homosexual “marriages” are not currently recognized are not required to recognize same-sex “marriages” from other states. It also defines marriage as the “legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife” for purposes of federal law.

The vote is largely symbolic as the bill is not expected to get past a Republican filibuster in the Senate, or the Republican majority in the house. Due to the unlikelihood of the bill becoming law, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) characterized the vote as “no more than a cynical political gesture to the Democrats’ base.”

Proponents of the “Respect for Marriage Act” argued today that DOMA is discriminatory towards homosexual couples because it denies them benefits reserved for married individuals, especially benefits from Social Security reserved for spouses. During the committee’s meeting, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, “If you’re paying the taxes, if you’re fulfilling the obligations, you should get the same benefits as anybody else.”

President Obama echoed these sentiments in July when the White House issued a statement supporting the bill saying, “President Obama is proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act…This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protections as straight couples.”

However, during the meeting today, Sen. Grassley argued that marriage should remain defined as the union of one man and one woman because such unions provide the best environment for raising children. “To me, this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious beliefs. It’s not about discriminating against anyone.”

The “Respect for Marriage Act” has come under increasing attack this year. In February, the Justice Department announced that at the recommendation of President Obama it would no longer be defending DOMA in court, saying “the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny.”

Less than a month later, though, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House of Representatives would take up the defense of DOMA. In announcing the decision, Boehner said, “This action by the House will ensure that this law’s constitutionality is decided by the courts, rather than by the President unilaterally.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: antimarriage; communism; culturalmarxism; democrats; disrespect; disrespectmarriage; doma; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; liberalfascism; marriage; moralabsolutes; oceania; orwellianism; pederastagenda; pederasty; senate

1 posted on 11/10/2011 2:34:47 PM PST by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


2 posted on 11/10/2011 2:35:15 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Like it is ever gonna happen ...


3 posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:01 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: NYer

Its DOA. It will make it out of the House.


4 posted on 11/10/2011 2:38:00 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

I mean it will never make it out of the House.


5 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:13 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NYer

Dianne Feinstein actually had the nerve to name this bill which lacks respect for all of the marriages between man and woman for thousands of years the “ Respect for Marriage act”.

Where is the respect for the millions of real marriages. Marriages between a male and female. You Know two people who can pro-create.Two normal human beings. Two straight people who have their own genitalia they were born with.Two people who can meet face to face and have the genitals match up for normal copulation.Like God intended, and designed.

Not two fudge packers or carpet munchers.


6 posted on 11/10/2011 2:42:21 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Funny how she didn’t do this when the democlaps controlled all three houses when it would have passed...


7 posted on 11/10/2011 2:48:24 PM PST by wild74
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To: NYer

No need to mess around in the Congress. The courts are the rulers of the USA. Packed flamer courts will undo all America stands for, EVEN IF GOP WINS THE EXECUTIVE AND CONGRESS NEXT YEAR. All the potential corrective action taken will be overturned.

If anyone sees it differently, tell me what it is.


8 posted on 11/10/2011 2:48:53 PM PST by secondamendmentkid
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To: NYer

Come on Landrieu, Pryor, Pagan Hagan, both Nelsons, the Virginia nitwits, Testor, McKaskill, you all know you are dying to vote for this!


9 posted on 11/10/2011 2:57:11 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Mitt Romney, a piss poor choice)
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To: Venturer; NYer

A more accurate title would be the “Disrespect for Marriage Act”.


10 posted on 11/10/2011 2:59:14 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: NYer

Love to see the voters’ reaction to this in 2012. I’ll be sitting here, dipping popcorn in humus and enjoying every minute of the show.

Gee. It’s an election year coming up. Let’s energize part of our base and p@#$ off the whole Bible Belt and the South, and then watch the bill that started it all go down in flames in the House. Yup. Then we can pose as courageous civil rights activists. Dropped muh soap. Hang on. I’ll just bend down and pick it up. Ow. My back just got thrown. Now I’m stuck this way. Help!


11 posted on 11/10/2011 2:59:17 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Venturer

Dianne Feinstein actually had the nerve to name this bill which lacks respect for all of the marriages between man and woman for thousands of years the “ Respect for Marriage act”.

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Yes, it seems the RATS are very good at coming up with the very best Orwellian names for their crappy legislation. I was thinking that this would have been a good name for DOMA.

About 1% of society are sodomites and carpet munchers, and only a small percent of that 1% are or would get “married” - so let’s just go ahead and destroy children, families and society for them. Makes sense, right? Right?


12 posted on 11/10/2011 3:05:35 PM PST by Yooper4Life (They all lie.)
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13 posted on 11/10/2011 3:11:18 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Eleutheria5

at least our side stuck to what is right thus far , now they need the balls to mention this next year for the election.


14 posted on 11/10/2011 3:14:03 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: goldstategop

True, but Feinstein will remain the champion of the Gays.


15 posted on 11/10/2011 3:22:59 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Yooper4Life

It’s like their bill to destroy the secret ballot for employees when voting on whether to unionize. “The Employee Free Choice Act”. Orwellianism at its best. The rules of Oceania would be proud.


16 posted on 11/10/2011 3:38:22 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: manc

How dare you exploit this tragedy? Those homophobic bigots voted it down, and now they’re using it to vote us out, and in the mean time, good, stable homosexual families are denied the recognition they deserve, just like the Palestinians, while the breeders get bigger tax refunds. Booohoooohooohooo!


17 posted on 11/10/2011 3:52:37 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5; little jeremiah

what on earth are you on about?


18 posted on 11/10/2011 3:57:08 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: NYer
Sen. Grassley argued that marriage should remain defined as the union of one man and one woman because such unions provide the best environment for raising children. “To me, this debate is about stable families, good environments for raising children, and religious beliefs.

Enough of this "to me," "I believe" and "I was raised as such." Such qualifiers makes this a subjective statement, which makes anyone's "feelings" right.

There is almost no other truth more OBJECTIVE than the complementarity of the two sexes as the one main qualifier for marriage.

19 posted on 11/10/2011 4:29:31 PM PST by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: NYer
Isn't it true Coach Sandusky contributed $20,000 to the National Democrat Senate Committee to help pass this bill? /sarc>
20 posted on 11/10/2011 4:47:28 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; NYer
Let's name this the Coach Sandusky Redefinition of Marriage Act./sarc>

Because no 10-year-old boy should ever have to sleep alone.TM

NO Cheers, unfortunately.

21 posted on 11/10/2011 4:49:07 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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22 posted on 11/10/2011 4:51:11 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

check post 17 out.

I don’t understand but maybe you can.


23 posted on 11/10/2011 4:53:53 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: Eleutheria5; manc
How dare you exploit this tragedy? Those homophobic bigots voted it down, and now they’re using it to vote us out, and in the mean time, good, stable homosexual families are denied the recognition they deserve, just like the Palestinians, while the breeders get bigger tax refunds. Booohoooohooohooo!

Is this sarcasm? I'm asking because there have been FReepers who support militant homosexualism.

24 posted on 11/10/2011 4:57:30 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

not sure,hoping it is sarc.
They go from homophobic to breeders getting bigger tax refunds Palestinians, to how the bigots voted it down and then there is homosexual families thrown in.

Bizarre.


25 posted on 11/10/2011 5:01:36 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: manc
I'm willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, it could go either way.
26 posted on 11/10/2011 5:03:05 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

same here.


27 posted on 11/10/2011 5:09:58 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: goldstategop

I’m not sure of anything anymore, but I hope you are right.


28 posted on 11/10/2011 5:25:50 PM PST by cycjec
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To: goldstategop

I’m not sure of anything anymore, but I hope you are right.


29 posted on 11/10/2011 5:25:50 PM PST by cycjec
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To: manc; Eleutheria5

Eleutheria5 is being sarcastic.

Manc, my tagline says what I think.


30 posted on 11/10/2011 6:46:58 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: little jeremiah

OK thanks


31 posted on 11/10/2011 7:34:24 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: NYer

If it doesn’t pass they’ll get the courts to do it for them.


32 posted on 11/10/2011 8:58:03 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: wagglebee

Geeeze. Of course it’s sarcasm. Do I have to paint a big white line down every avenue of thought?


33 posted on 11/10/2011 9:32:15 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: NYer
The senators who voted for that need to be un-elected!

U. S. Senate

34 posted on 11/10/2011 9:44:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer
“This action by the House will ensure that this law’s constitutionality is decided by the courts, rather than by the President unilaterally.”

Right by the courts, not the people. Thanks Boehner.

35 posted on 11/11/2011 12:17:29 PM PST by itsahoot (There was a bloodless coup in 08, and no one seemed to notice. God help us.)
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