FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"This legislation ensures that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Windsor case will be properly interpreted and applied in the future, while also reaffirming the right of states to define marriage." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today expressed its support for a bill announced in Congress yesterday, the “State Marriage Defense Act of 2014” (HR 3829), and praised Representative Randy Weber (R-TX) for authoring and introducing “this vitally important legislation.”
“Representative Weber deserves praise for this vitally important legislation which will lend clarity to the way states’ marriage laws are dealt with by federal agencies,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s President. “The bill simply reaffirms and strengthens the rights reserved by the states under the US constitution.”
Brown also said that the bill is based upon a proper understanding of last summer’s decision by the Supreme Court in the Windsor case that struck down one facet of the law but supported states’ rights to determine their own definition of marriage.
“There has been widespread confusion and lawlessness in the wake of the Windsor decision due to elected officials and appointed judges willfully misreading and exploiting the weakening of DOMA for their own political ends,” Brown explained. “This legislation ensures that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Windsor case will be properly interpreted and applied in the future, while also reaffirming the right of states to define marriage which was explicitly upheld in the decision.”
At the time of this release, Congressman Weber’s bill had already gained 28 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, or John Eastman, Chairman of the National Organization for Marriage please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.
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