RUSH: We Need to Hold Their Feet to the Fire

Nov 22, 2022

HR 8404, the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act,” has not yet passed the U.S. Senate. The vote last week was not the end. We still have time to block the bill!

Last week, 12 Republicans joined 50 Democrats to move HR 8404 forward on a thin promise that a religious accommodation amendment might be added to the bill. Now they are debating that amendment. This entire process could blow up and self-destruct. The LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign opposes any religious accommodation. The fight is far from over.

In addition to imposing same-sex marriage on the states and territories, this bill will allow one state, like California, to dictate marriage policy for EVERY state. In addition, it empowers the U.S. attorney general and private individuals to sue individuals. And even two co-sponsors, Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), admit that the bill could open the door for polygamy and polyamory (group marriages). They brush it off as a “drafting error” but refuse to fix it.

This bill will have disastrous consequences. As written, if just one state allowed incestuous marriage, this bill would force the nation to recognize and respect that “marriage.” It is not too late to stop HR 8404. Rush your urgent faxes to every senator you can to block this disastrous bill. —Mat

In true Orwellian doublespeak, HR 8404 is called the “Respect for Marriage Act,” but nothing could be further from the truth. This bill is a serious attack on marriage and on states’ rights. In just four pages, it completely destroys marriage and states’ rights!

This bill will push same-sex marriage into every state even if the 2015 Obergefell decision is overturned. Any definition of “marriage” that any state can dream up must be respected in all 50 states under this bill!

Last week, the following 12 Republicans bought the Democrat lie and voted to move the bill forward to the next level:

Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Thom Tillis (NC), Richard Burr (NC, retiring), Roy Blunt (MO, retiring), Shelley Capito (WV), Rob Portman (OH, retiring), Todd Young (IN), Joni Ernst (IA), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Mitt Romney (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Dan Sullivan (AK).

But the final vote has not occurred. We can still block this bill, but we must hurry. Every senator must hear from you. WE NEED YOUR VOICE to send a strong message NOW. STOP HR 8404 from becoming law with your urgent faxes to the U.S. Senate.

We only need to change the votes of three senators to stop HR 8404. Most of the 12 Republicans voted to move the bill forward based on a verbal promise that Democrats would add an amendment to provide minimal religious accommodation. That amendment will soon be debated, and this debate could blow up the bill and cause it to implode and self-destruct.

We need to hold their feet to the fire and remind every senator to vote against this perversion of marriage. 

This goes far beyond destroying marriage—it will also override religious freedom. I represent Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed for not signing her name on homosexual “marriage” licenses. Kentucky now has a law unanimously passed by Democrats and Republicans to accommodate clerks who request religious accommodation for sanctioning same-sex marriage. But this federal bill will override that law and force clerks to violate their faith!

Do you want one or two states like California to impose their version of “marriage” on the other states? I don’t. But that is exactly what this bill will do. And it has no religious accommodation requirement.

This bill will force ALL states to bow—not just to federal mandates on marriage—but now to all other states’ mandates as well! This goes far beyond same-sex marriage. It includes child bride marriages, and much more.

If this bill passes, it will make each state subservient to the worse marriage laws of another state or territory. And what about marriages from foreign countries? Last week we heard from some senators that they never thought about this prospect. But now they are, and that’s why it’s not too late.

Make no mistake about where this bill will end up. The goal is to abolish marriage by deconstructing it and crushing religious freedom.

We must block this bill, and the time is short.

In addition to our work on Capitol Hill, we have been very busy in the courts fighting for freedom. Our legal team is involved in many depositions with the Department of Defense (DOD) “experts” (whom, we are finding, are not really experts on the COVID shots). We are preparing for our final hearing for the Marines in January. And I’m preparing for another Court of Appeals argument involving a Navy Commander and a Marine Lt. Colonel.

Our legal team is swamped with work. We appreciate your prayers and your support!

You can support Liberty Counsel through a recurring monthly gift or a one-time donation. Act now to DOUBLE your impact through our Challenge Grant.

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. You can also still add your name to our petition to block this destructive bill by selecting here.


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