The Hottest Issue of the 2004 Elections: Curbing the Courts II
House Votes to Protect Marriage! Thursday, July 22, the House of Representatives voted to remove jurisdiction from the federal courts on cases arising under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Sponsored by Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, H.R. 3313 passed by a vote of 233-194. Twenty-seven Democrats joined Republicans in supporting this bill, while seventeen Republicans left ranks to oppose it. This bill uses clear constitutional powers provided in Article I, Section 8 and Article III, Sections 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows Congress to define the power and jurisdiction of federal courts. This legislation sends a clear message to activist judges: the American people will not let unelected officials redefine marriage! On June 24, Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of this legislation. Phyllis' new book The Supremacists recommends this plan to curb the supremacist judges. The book is a handbook for citizen action as the bill now moves to the Senate.
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