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Another Legislative Defeat for Marriage

Posted by thelamp on July 20, 2006

The U.S. House of Representatives failed Tuesday to approve the Marriage Protection Amendment, a simple affirmation of the truth that God created marriage to be between a man and a woman.

The vote was 236 votes in favor, 187 votes against, 1 vote of “present” and nine Members of Congress not voting. It would have taken 282 votes in favor to approve the amendment.

To find out how your Member of Congress voted on the amendment, click here.

“This vote was disappointing, but expected,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and President of the Center for Moral Clarity. “There is simply no alternative to the Marriage Protection Amendment, but Congress doesn’t seem to understand that fact just yet. I’m more determined than ever to keep pressing this issue until Congress sends this amendment to the states for ratification – which would surely happen quickly given the 20-for-20 record of state marriage amendments.

“There is simply no alternative to having a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage the way God does. We’d love to resolve the issue in individual states, but the behavior of activist judges makes that impossible. It’s time for the people to take charge of the debate, and that begins with Congress passing the Marriage Protection Amendment. At the very least, we now know where our elected leaders in both the House and the Senate stand on this paramount issue.”

A downloadable document showing the results of the vote is available here.

Pastor Parsley noted that the battle for marriage will continue this fall in six states – Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. “Everywhere the issue of marriage has gone on the ballot, it’s passed with an average affirmative vote of 71 percent,” Pastor Parsley added. “There’s no question that the people are ahead of their elected leaders on this issue. I expect that all six of these states will approve their amendments this fall, making the people 26-for-26. Maybe after the midterm elections in November, the new Congress can catch up to their constituents on this issue.”

Here are websites for groups supporting this fall’s state marriage amendments. Click on them to learn more about the issue in your state, and to get involved in the effort to protect marriage!

Thanks for making a difference on this vital issue!


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