The "Defense of Marriage Act" is one example of an unconstitutional law as it respects an establishment of religion, which is expressly forbidden by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Whether it is an establishment of one religion or a thousand it is still an establishment of religion. While the Obama administration has decided to stop defending the legislation the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is pushing for a federally mandated definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
This type of power grab by congressional politicians needs to stop now. Congress has repeatedly exceeded its constitutional authority with items in the USA PATRIOT Act and other legislation eroding our constitutional rights. If they are not stopped our freedoms will be slowly eroded until we have none left.
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America forbids Congress from passing any law that respects an establishment of religion. Despite that the "Defense of Marriage Act" defining marriage between one man and one woman was passed based on the definition of marriage held by many religions. We the People need a Congress that adheres to their constitutionally mandated authority.
Whether a law respects an establishment of one religion or a thousand, it is still a law respecting an establishment of religion and is therefore unconstitutional and should never reach the floor of either house of Congress. Like the "Defense of Marriage Act" sections of the "USA PATRIOT Act" exceed the authority granted to Congress by Article I of the U.S. Constitution and violates a number of Amendments to the Constitution. It is time for Congress to take a step back, actually read the Constitution, and make laws based on the authority they are granted under the Constitution.
We the People ask Congress to stick to the authority granted to them by the Constitution and stop trying to pass invasive laws that unnecessarily limit the individual freedoms our forefathers fought and died to protect. Instead of fighting for corporate rights, Congress needs to be fighting for individual rights. In the Constitution, Sections 8 and 9 of Article I clearly define Congress' authority and limits. We ask that you respect those limits and stop trying to micromanage the lives of hard working Americans. While abortion and gay marriage may be powerful campaign wedge issues, based on your constitutional mandate, they have no place in legislative discussions in Congress.
There are larger issues facing our society that Congress should be working.to address. Children are starving in the richest nation on Earth. Schools don't have basic supplies to ensure children get quality education from our public schools. Billionaires are paying less in actual taxes than working class people while Congress cries poor. Before you strip freedoms from the people and mandate who can marry whom, do the job you were elected to do. Represent the majority, stop pandering to the fringe and get our country on a sustainable path to long term prosperity for everyone, not just the elite.
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