A Texas congressman is proactively protecting citizens of the Lone Star State and the other 49 from being forced to accept same-sex marriage.
CNSNews reports that Republican Representative Randy Weber (shown) has filed legislation to “mitigate the damage done to state sovereignty” by the Supreme Court’s decision that held the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.
In the past few weeks, the situation has become more critical as a federal judge set aside the will of the people of Utah, declaring unconstitutional a state constitutional amendment protecting traditional marriage. Another federal judge has followed suit in Oklahoma, setting aside that state's ban on same-sex marriage. The dominoes are falling.
As explained in a press statement published on Weber’s House website, “The ‘State Marriage Defense Act’ will simply require federal agencies to look to a person’s legal residence when determining marital status and application of federal law."
Weber issued the following statement along with the press release announcing his bill:
The 10th Amendment was established to protect state sovereignty and individual rights from being seized by the Federal Government. For too long, however, the Federal Government has slowly been eroding state’s rights by promulgating rules and regulations through federal agencies.
I drafted the “State Marriage Defense Act of 2014” to help restore the 10th Amendment, affirm the authority of states to define and regulate marriage, as well as, provide clarity to federal agencies seeking to determine who qualifies as a spouse for the purpose of federal law. By requiring that the Federal Government defer to the laws of a person’s state of legal residence in determining marital status, we can protect states’ constitutionally established powers from the arbitrary overreach of unelected bureaucrats.
The congressman should be congratulated for his commitment to upholding the principles protected by the Tenth Amendment. The Tenth Amendment says:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Very simple. It is remarkable that in just a few words, millions of pages of federal acts, regulations, and orders are rendered null, void, and of no legal effect.
During the debates on the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, Representative Edward Livingston correctly explained the effect of unconstitutional acts of Congress:
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Photo of Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas): AP Images