Legislation Introduced in Congress that Would Prevent Federal Government from Forcing States to Recognize Homosexual Marriages
Today, Representative Randy Weber (TX-14) introducedÂ important legislation which clarifies that the Federal Governmentâs implementation of current law in the aftermath of the Supreme Courtâs decision inÂ United States v. Windsor.Â The âState Marriage Defense Actâ will simply require federal agencies to look to a personâs legal residence when determining marital status and application of federal law. Representative Weber made the following statement below:
âThe 10th Amendment was established to protect state sovereignty and individual rights from being seized by the Federal Government. For too long, however, the Federal Government has slowly been eroding stateâs rights by promulgating rules and regulations through federal agencies.
I drafted the âState Marriage Defense Act of 2014â to help restore the 10th Amendment, affirm the authority of states to define and regulate marriage, as well as, provide clarity to federal agencies seeking to determine who qualifies as a spouse for the purpose of federal law. By requiring that the Federal Government defer to the laws of a personâs state of legal residence in determining marital status, we can protect statesâ constitutionally established powers from the arbitrary overreach of unelected bureaucrats.â
Representative Weberâs legislation was introduced with 28 co-sponsors and is supported by Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, US Conference on Catholic Bishops, Concerned Women for America, and Heritage Action.