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Sept. 28, 2004

Stand Up for Marriage! 
House to Vote on Marriage Amendment this week!

The Marriage Protection Amendment failed to gain two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives with a vote of 227-186 (Roll Call 484). Twenty members did not vote.

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On Thursday, September 30, the House of Representatives will vote on H.J. Res. 106, the Marriage Protection Amendment, formerly known as the Federal Marriage Amendment. The amendment was reintroduced last week for procedural reasons, but the text remains virtually unchanged by sponsor Rep. Marilyn Musgrave.

Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 106)
Marriage in the United States shall consist solely of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.

The House voted in July to limit federal court jurisdiction regarding marriage in the Marriage Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. John Hostettler. However, a constitutional amendment is the ultimate solution to protecting marriage from activist judges. While Congress can limit jurisdiction in federal courts, state courts remain a significant threat to redefine marriage. Currently, nine states face court challenges on the issue of marriage.

A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress before being ratified by three-fourths of the states. The Senate attempted to debate the amendment in July, but Democrats used procedural tactics to prevent a vote on the issue.

On Thursday, September 30, the House will vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment (H.J. Res. 106), formerly known as the Federal Marriage Amendment. Urge your Representative to vote YES to protect marriage!

Call Your Representative TODAY!

All members should be called, but the following are undecided:

Target List: Bass, Biggert, Bishop, Boehlert, Boucher, Boyd, Capito, Chandler, Cooper, Cox, L. Diaz-Balart, M. Diaz-Balart, Doyle, Dunn, English, Etheridge, Ford, Fossella, Gallegly, Gibbons, Gilchrest, Goss, Green, Hastings, Hensarling Hobson, Houghton, Israel, Issa, Jefferson, T. Johnson, Jones, Kaptur, Kelly, P. King, Kirk, Knollenberg, Lampson, LaTourette, J. Lewis, LoBiondo, Lowey, Lipinski, Lahood, McCrery, McHugh, McNulty, Mollohan, Murphy, Murtha, Nethercutt, Petri, Porter, Pryce, Quinn, Rahall, Regula, Rodriguez, Rogers, Rothman, Ruppersberger, S. Ryan, Saxton, Scott, Shaw, Sherwood, Skelton, N. Smith, Spratt, Stupak, Sweeney, B.Thompson, Turner, Upton, Walden, C. Weldon, Weller, B. Young.

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

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