Congressional Democrats who have shown zero interest in addressing the very real problems that confront Americans in a time of economic upheaval have instead focused on culture war issues as a distraction and to energize their demoralized base in an election year, most recently, a bill that would codify federal protections for homosexual marriage which is opposed by the House Freedom Caucus.
This week, House Democrats passed the “Respect for Marriage Act” by capitalizing on ginned-up hysteria that the conservative Supreme Court which just aborted landmark abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade will next take aim at Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision that states bans on same-sex unions were unconstitutional.
The bill which passed 267 -157 with 47 House Republicans onboard now heads to the Senate where the LGBTQ+ lobby is hoping that it will draw enough support from feckless RINO senators to send it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
On Friday, the Freedom Caucus called for Senate Republicans to stiffen their spines and reject the legislation, issuing a fiery statement denouncing the bill which they say is an attack on the nation’s traditional values.
“In a desperate effort to distract from their creation of galloping inflation, a record-breaking border crisis, and skyrocketing gas prices, House Democrats have resorted to fearmongering over the Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The House Freedom Caucus announced the following official position against H.R. 8404, the Respect for Marriage Act,” the conservative caucus wrote on its Facebook page.
House Freedom Caucus urges Senate to oppose the "Respect for Marriage Act": pic.twitter.com/jjARSGI94Y
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 22, 2022
“The ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ was rushed through the House as yet another weapon to distract, confuse, and deceive American Citizens. It allowed no hearings or markups, and less than a day to review. The radical Left has launched an all-out campaign on America’s traditional values and sacred institutions,” the lawmakers wrote.
“It has weakened the nuclear family, attacked the norms of masculinity and femininity, and now it wants to further erode the sacred institution of marriage,” the statement reads. “This bill is both unnecessary and undermines the recognition of ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman. After overwhelmingly opposing the ‘Respect for Marriage Act,’ the House Freedom Caucus urges the Senate Republican Conference to oppose it as well.”
The chance that there will be enough Senate Republicans who won’t rubber stamp the bill and deliver a moral victory to Biden and his embattled Democrats heading into the critical midterm elections could be slim with a number of lawmakers in the upper chamber already signaling that they could be siding with the opposition party.
According to Axios, the number of GOP senators who will support the bill is inching closer to the 10 needed “with senators predicting it will eventually get the votes it needs to pass.”
North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis told Axios, “I think there’s a good chance there will be” enough GOP support to pass the bill, adding that he’s “voting for it.”
Susan Collins of Maine, who was the only GOP sponsor of the bill, said that Republicans have had a “sea-change” in homosexual unions, “Virtually all of us have family members or friends who are gay, and I think that’s changed the dialogue.”
“I think it’s possible we could get to 10,” Ohio Senator Rob Portman said, adding, “We’re not there at this point,” although Axios learned from his office that he plans to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill.
“I’m going to be taking a look at it,” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has previously expressed her support for same-sex marriage, told Axios.
However, one key Republican vote just isn’t there yet, failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney, now a senator for Utah said that there is “no urgency” to codify gay marriage.
With the plane going down under the control of its dementia-addled captain and lawmakers doing nothing to act on kitchen table issues that affect the vast majority of Americans instead of a minuscule but very noisy demographic, it is no wonder that Congress’s approval ratings are even lower than Biden’s.
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