BREAKING: Schumer Stumbles But Is Not Down

Sep 16, 2022

Yesterday, a so-called religious liberty amendment to HR 8404 was proposed. But we saw the ruse and wrote a legal memo so the senators would not be fooled. This memo is circulating now, especially among those who are waffling. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) needs 60 votes, and we’re pulling the fence-sitters off the fence.

Even if we delay this vote, it can come up at any time until a new Congress is seated in January 2023.

Although the U.S. State Department calls child marriage a “human rights abuse”—and wants to ban the practice in other countries, HR 8404 will increase such abuse. Sen. Schumer and his family-destroying allies are working hard to pass a bill that enables sick perversions of marriage to infect every state.

HR 8404, the misnamed Respect or Marriage Act, will force every state to respect, honor and obey the marriage laws of any other state, no matter how crazy those laws may be … including “marriage” laws from states like California that allow adults to marry children of any age.

Tell Congress: We will NOT endorse pedophile marriages to child brides! VOTE NO on HR 8404!

Naila Amin was just 8 years old when her parents promised her in marriage to a 21-year-old man.

“My passport ruined my life,” said Naila, who grew up in New York City.

Her Pakistani immigrant parents wanted to bring a foreign man into the country. Giving their daughter to the man in “marriage” was the easiest way to get the U.S. State Department to allow the man into the country.

Five years later, Naila’s parents forced her, at age 13, to marry the 26-year-old foreigner.

“People die to come to America,” Naila says. “I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.”

But the marriage was not simply for show. Despite her tender age, Naila was expected to be every bit a wife to the adult man.

“I was a child. I want to know: Why weren’t any red flags raised?” Naila asks.

Rather than face life imprisoned with a pedophile, and with parents attempting to enforce her “marriage,” Naila ran away. That was in 2003. Now 29 years old, Naila says she lost her childhood, thanks to child bride laws.

Fraidy Reiss, a victim of forced marriage herself, says that child brides are often victims of parental coercion, with a girl forced to marry her pedophile abuser against her will. She eventually managed to escape and founded Unchained at Last, an organization dedicated to ending child bride laws in America.

“They [child brides] are subjected to a lifetime of domestic servitude and rape,” Fraidy says. “And the government is not only complicit; they’re stamping this and saying: ‘Go ahead.’”

And now Chuck Schumer wants to federalize child bride laws. We must not let him harm children and destroy marriage.

HR 8404 already passed the House. If it passes the Senate, every “state, territory, and possession of the United States” will be forced to accept and endorse the marriage laws of any other state, no matter how dangerous those laws may be. 

Schumer needs 60 votes. He has 54. But there are more than a dozen Republicans who have not publicly stated their position. And some are waffling. The ruse religious liberty amendment is a Trojan horse. Our legal memo yesterday exposed it. Schumer and his gang are livid. We will not rest until HR 8404 is buried. And we need YOUR HELP to do it!

Most states have laws preventing child brides. But a handful, like California, have no age limit at all. As a result, California children as young as 10 (or younger) have been married to adults many decades older.

If HR 8404 passes the Senate, even states that have banned the marriage of “minor attracted persons” (the new euphemism for pedophiles) to children will be forced to respect, honor and obey sick child bride laws from states like California.

These states will not even be able to intervene on behalf of these children married to adults, as these children are effectively wards of pedophiles. If they try to leave, the law requires they be treated as a runaway and returned to their “spouse.”

And persons and organizations attempting to hide or help the child can be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a fugitive!

These children cannot hire a lawyer, rent an apartment, open a bank account or get a driver’s license. The “marriage” certificate makes them prisoners.

But Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) seems to be OK with the child bride laws. For weeks, she has been whipping her Republican colleagues to vote “yes” on HR 8404.

The vote will be close.

Don’t let Susan Collins and Chuck Schumer be the only people Republicans hear from on this issue! Make your voice heard loud and clear with a fax demanding Congress VOTE NO on HR 8404!

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Mat Staver
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Liberty Counsel

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“Child Marriage – Devastating Consequences.” Unchained At Last, 2012.

“H.R. 8404—Respect for Marriage Act.” 2022. House of Representatives Committee on Rules. July 18, 2022.

Long, Colleen. “US Approved Thousands of Child Bride Requests.” The Detroit News, September 15, 2022.