NO on (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act

Very often bills proposed in congress do the exact opposite of what the name implies. What’s worse is when the contents of the bill threaten fundamental rights as Americans. Such is the case with the (dis)Respect for Marriage Act, H.R. 8404.

The bill, which would unconstitutionally redefine marriage on the national level, does so at the expense of those who have deeply-held religious beliefs that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Should the legislation be enacted, those who disagree with the government’s new definition of marriage could be targeted for harassment, prosecution, and financial ruin.

While there are many problems with H.R. 8404, free speech and religious liberty are the heart of the matter. Compelling Americans to accept a new definition of marriage and then penalizing the expression of their religious beliefs is wrong.


While the Senate’s amendments to H.R. 8404 add nominal protections for individuals actively working for a religious organizations (primarily churches), those of other professions (bakers, florists, wedding coordinators, photographers, printers) are not protected by the amendment. Furthermore, students, teachers and elected officials are at risk of prosecution if they do not accept the new definition of marriage!

The U.S. Senate has voted to amend the bill and return it to the House for a final vote scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6. The amended version does not have adequate protections for our First Amendment rights!  Please contact your Representatives today to tell them NO on H.R. 8404!