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The still Democrat-controlled House of Representatives sent their Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) to the White House to be signed into law in a galling attempt to thwart both the incoming Republican House majority and undercut the power of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The misnamed act not only runs contrary to religious beliefs — and some fear would actually make Christian views a punishable offense — but also violates the principle that marriage is not a federal matter and is an institution regulated chiefly by the states.
The bill passed 258-169-1 with 39 Republicans joining the entire compliment of Democrats to pass the bill, according to D.C. newspaper The Hill. Republican Utah Rep. Burgess Owens was the lone representative to vote present.
The Senate had already passed its version of the bill in November, with 12 Republican senators defecting to the Democrats to support the measure.
This latest vote on the bill is the second time the House has passed the measure. When the initial version of the bill passed the House over the summer, 47 House Republicans joined Democrats in favor of the bill.
Why was this act rushed through in a matter of a few short months? Because the Democrat Party is aiming to take away the power of the incoming GOP majority to have any chance to address the issue, for one.
But also because they fear the U.S. Supreme Court will act on the matter.
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