July 28, 2006
Volume 2, Number 25
1) Thank you, President Bush
2) Passage of the Pledge Protection Act
3) Why Doesn't Congress Get the Message on Marriage?
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Thank you, President Bush
While there are many criticisms of President Bush’s policies in Iraq and immigration, some of which I share, I could not be prouder of a Chief Executive than I was when our President courageously vetoed the attempt of Congress to allow embryonic stem cell research to become legally protected and federally funded. Our President has consistently protected human life throughout his presidency, appointing pro-life judges and signing into law the ban on partial birth abortion which President Clinton vetoed twice.
Thank you, President Bush, for standing for life.
Passage of the Pledge Protection Act
Federal Judges have been rewriting the Constitution for decades, but the days of their running slip shod over the will of the American people may be coming to an end. Congressional leaders have begun to push back, asserting their Constitutional mandate to check and balance the Judiciary with legislation.
The Pledge Protection Act (PPA), sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, was passed last week by the U.S. Congress. It would strip the lower federal courts of all jurisdictions, and the Supreme Court of appellate jurisdiction, to hear cases challenging the Pledge of Allegiance.
When the House considered the PPA last week, the bill won 260 to 167, with 39 Democrats voting for it.
The bill’s leading opponents have been reduced to half-hearted arguments that court-stripping is unconstitutional. “Let us be clear,” said House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. “This bill is unnecessary and, I believe, probably unconstitutional.”
But that claim has already been demolished by Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee.
Please click here and send a note of affirmation to your Representative expressing your appreciation for the passage of this important legislation.
Why Doesn't Congress Get
the Message on Marriage?
In a highly publicized and significant case, the state of Washington’s Supreme Court overturned the decision of a lower court and upheld Washington’s 1998 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman only.
The decision is the latest in a string of favorable court rulings on the issue of marriage.
Most recently the high courts of Nebraska and Georgia also overturned lower court decisions and reinstated voter-approved limitations on marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In Connecticut, a judge ruled that homosexual couples had not been harmed by that state’s decision to grant them civil unions but not marriage licenses.
In all, 45 states have passed laws and/or constitutional amendments protecting marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The Washington case began as two separate cases in 2004, when 19 homosexual couples filed suit against King County and against the state, claiming that Washington’s state law discriminated against them by denying their right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized. Superior Court judges ruled in favor of the 38 plaintiffs, declaring Washington’s DOMA unconstitutional.
The two cases were combined into one and argued before the Washington Supreme Court on May 8, 2005. Today’s 5-4 decision is being viewed as an unexpected defeat by homosexual advocate organizations, which had hoped a decision in their favor would slow down the growing momentum of court precedents favoring traditional marriage.
The question that every American should be asking is this……”Why doesn’t Congress get the message on marriage? It is clear that the American people have spoken on this issue, yet their elected representatives in both the Senate and the House have twice refused to pass a Federal Marriage Amendment which would protect marriage from radical federal judges who continue to impose their radical ideas upon the people. We must continue to call upon our elected representatives to pass this important piece of Federal legislation.
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