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House Vote Looms on Marriage Protection Amendment

Posted by thelamp on July 14, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on its version of the Marriage Protection Amendment next week. Now’s the time for values voters to make their voices heard on this crucial issue!

To send an e-mail to your Member of Congress, asking him or her to vote for the amendment, click here.

H.J.R. 88 is sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo. Its language is the same as the amendment turned down in the Senate last month: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.” The amendment has 128 co-sponsors. The vote in the House is scheduled to take place the week of July 17.

Last month, the U.S. Senate failed to cut off debate on the amendment, with 49 in favor, 48 opposing and three not voting. Sixty votes were required for cloture.

“This important House vote will put every member of Congress on record as either supporting biblical marriage or siding with activist judges and others who would expand the definition of marriage,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “Undoubtedly, many members of Congress would prefer not to cast this vote so close to an election – but it’s important that voters know where they stand on this critical issue.”

“I’m thankful that the House leadership has committed to holding votes on this amendment and several other issues of interest to values voters, and I hope all Christians will be clear with their elected representatives that they want a vote that recognizes the importance of marriage. Failure to approve this amendment in the House will only embolden those who would impose their view of morality on the rest of us.”

To send an e-mail to your Member of Congress, asking him or her to vote for the Marriage Protection Amendment, click here.

The Members of Congress listed below, in particular, need to hear from values voters this week! If your Member of Congress is listed here, be sure to contact them by phone as well as by e-mail, encouraging them to stand up for American families by voting for the Marriage Protection Amendment, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same:

  • Melissa L Bean, D-Ill.
  • Rob Bishop, R-Utah
  • Sherwood L. ‘Sherry’ Boehlert, R-N.Y.
  • Charles W. Boustany, R-La.
  • Corrine Brown, D-Fla.
  • Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla.
  • John Campbell, R-Calif.
  • Russ Carnahan, D-Mo.
  • Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo.
  • John Howard Coble, R-N.C.
  • Jim Costa, D-Calif.
  • Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.
  • Danny K. Davis, D-Ill.
  • Geoff Davis, R-Ky.
  • Charles W. Dent, R-Pa.
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
  • Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
  • Al Green, D-Texas.
  • Jane Harman, D-Calif.
  • Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla.
  • Joel Hefley, R-Colo.
  • John Hostettler, R-Ind.
  • Bob Inglis, R-S.C.
  • Jack Kingston, R-Ga.
  • Connie Mack, R-Fla.
  • Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga.
  • Kendrick B. Meek, D-Fla.
  • Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y.
  • Charlie Melancon, D-La.
  • Gwen Moore, D-Wisc.
  • John P. Murtha, D-Pa.
  • James L. Oberstar, D-Minn.
  • Richard W. Pombo, R-Calif.
  • Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y.
  • David G. Reichert, R-Wash.
  • Rick Renzi, R-Ariz.
  • Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
  • Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
  • John T. Salazar, D-Colo.
  • Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio
  • Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.


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