Roe v. Wade has been reversed, and with it, the entire liberal agenda is in trouble. As Justice Clarence Thomas observed in his concurrence in the Dobbs case: “[I]n future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” Griswold found a constitutional right to contraception – and prevented states from regulating its use. Lawrence invented a constitutional right to sodomy – and prevented states from prohibiting unnatural acts. Obergefell created a constitutional right to same-sex marriage – and nullified the ability of states to define marriage according to the historical and natural definition of one man/one woman.
In order to protect the newly created right to same-sex marriage, however, the U.S. House has passed “The Respect for Marriage Act” (H.R. 8404). The bill is a threat to real constitutional rights – the rights to free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly. The legislation could also be used by the IRS to revoke the tax status of Christian schools, universities and nonprofits.
This was a leadership decision. The Respect for Marriage Act was introduced on July 18, 2022. It passed the House three days later. The vote in the House wasn’t even close!
H.R. 8404 passed 267 to 157. This means 47 Republicans voted for it. For Nancy Pelosi, this is a legacy item.
The legislation has been fast-tracked in the U.S. Senate. There will be no committee hearings, and the bill could come to the floor at any time. In other words, it is a priority, and the Democrats will be willing to trade almost anything to get moderate Republicans on board. They need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster, which means they need 10 Republicans to support their radical agenda.
We have to stop them. If we don’t, the nonprofit status of Christian schools, universities and nonprofits like AFA will come under the intense scrutiny of the IRS.
Contact your U.S. Senators today! We need your help to tell Senators to stand strong against H.R. 8404.
The so-called Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) would essentially give federal protection to same-sex marriage. But that’s not all. In doing so, the law would create a “private right of action” that activists will use to sue anyone who gets in their way. The bill also authorizes the Department of Justice to go after violators.
This will include a wide array of Christian nonprofits, starting with adoption agencies and foster-care providers and other groups that work with federal and state governments. The ultimate aim of the bill is to eliminate any chance of there being a legal challenge to Obergefell. State legislatures will be intimidated into doing nothing, as the supporters of traditional marriage are silenced and canceled.
Worse still, the Respect for Marriage Act could be used by the IRS to try to force K-12 religious schools to hire same-sex married teachers. It could be used to try to require Christian universities to enroll same-sex married students. It could even be used to destroy the nonprofit status of pro-family groups like AFA.
This vote will be one of the most important votes the Senate takes this year. They need to hear from you today.