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Walter Fauntroy, civil rights leader who organized the March on Washington for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., commending members of Congress for their bi-partisan support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
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Strong Bi-Partisan Sponsorship Reflects The Fact that the Future of Marriage In America Is More Important Than Partisan Politics

WASHINGTON, DC - Today at 10:45am EST, the Alliance for Marriage (AFM) announced the introduction of the Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives with strong bi-partisan support.

AFM Board Members representing two of the largest African-American denominations in the United States - with more than 19 million members - were on hand to thank the bi-partisan sponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment for giving voice to the deeply held convictions of the vast majority of the American people. They were joined by AFM Board members representing more than seven million Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as leaders from the Asian and Anglo American communities.

The Federal Marriage Amendment's primary sponsor is Democratic Congressman Ronnie Shows. The bi-partisan cosponsors of the Federal Marriage Amendment are: Rep. David Phelps (D-IL), Rep. Ralph Hall (D-TX), Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) and Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT).

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
IMPOSED BY COURTS Sentence 1 Prohibits Sentence 2 Prohibits Sentence 2 Prohibits Unaffected
ACTION OF STATE LEGISLATURE Sentence 1 Prohibits Decision of State Legislature Decision of State Legislature Unaffected
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The first sentence simply states that marriage in the United States consists of the union of male and female. The second sentence ensures that the democratic process at the state level will continue to determine the allocation of the benefits associated with marriage. But the courts are precluded from distorting existing constitutional or statutory law into a requirement that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be reallocated pursuant to a judicial decree. The Federal Marriage Amendment has no impact at all on benefits offered by private businesses and corporations.

The Federal Marriage Amendment is a reasonable response to the crisis for our democratic society created by those who would use the courts to overcome public opinion with respect to marriage. Gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose. But they don't have a right to redefine marriage for our entire society.

It is very important to remember that the entire effort to undermine the legal status of marriage in the courts is premised upon constitutional law. For example, activist organizations openly admit their plans to use the Equal Protection and Full Faith and Credit clauses of the United States Constitution to eventually impose same-sex "marriage" and "civil unions" on every state in the nation. The only question is whether the constitutional status of marriage will be determined by unelected judges or the American people.

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