Congress votes to codify same-sex and interracial marriages, 47 Republicans vote to ‘redefine family’

(Video: C-SPAN)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi truly let her hypocrisy shine as she tried to level accusations of the same on the former congressman behind the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) arguing, “we don’t know what marriage he was defending.”

The House of Representatives held a vote Tuesday on the Respect for Marriage Act as Democrats tried to prove to their base that they won’t let Obergefell v. Hodges be overturned like Roe v. Wade. With a vote of 267-157 with 47 Republicans siding with the Democrats, the bill that provides statutory authority for same-sex and interracial marriages,” passed.

Ahead of the vote, Pelosi offered some comments on the bill that “repeals and replaces provisions that define, for purposes of federal law, marriage as between a man and a woman and spouse as a person of the opposite sex with provisions that recognize any marriage that is valid under state law,” and requires “states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states,” essentially codifying Obergefell.

“As radical justices and right-wing politicians continue their assault on our basic rights, Democrats believe that the government has no place between you and the person you love,” she claimed ahead of a vote that sought to ensure the government would remain a party in every marriage and, as the Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles put it, would “redefine the family in a way that virtually everyone– including Obama–considered unthinkably radical just over a decade ago.”

However, Pelosi could not limit herself to just one hypocrisy for the occasion, instead seeing fit to attack former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) who was responsible for introducing DOMA in 1996 which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. After lauding her colleagues for their efforts to repeal DOMA more than a decade earlier she quipped, “Defense of marriage, proposed by somebody who had been married three times, we don’t know which marriage he was defending.”

“By the way,” she quickly added to tidy up her remarks, “I don’t care how many times somebody’s married, I care about how they try to impose their hypocrisy on others.”

Of course, if Pelosi truly cared about that then, as the devout Catholic that she claims to be, she would not be trying to push through legislation that would impose her worldview on states that have sought to protect the sanctity of marriage. Nor would she seek to belittle those whose views are not nearly as malleable as her own.

The late Justice Antonin Scalia addressed this specifically in his 2013 dissent of the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down DOMA when he wrote, “To be sure (as the majority points out), the legislation is called the Defense of Marriage Act. But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions.”

“In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to ‘disparage,’ ‘injure,’ ‘degrade,’ ‘demean,’ and ‘humiliate’ our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence–indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies of human history,” he added.

Scalia further wrote, “It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.”

As it stands, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had suggested that the bill will likely not have a vote in the Senate any time soon stating, “We have more priorities than we have time.”


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