Post # 1
I recently filled out an online “write to my reps” type form regarding the repeal of DOMA, as I am working on writing a fictitious bill for my government class this semester and we chose DOMA and marriage rights as our topic. Anywho, here is the response I received (form letter) from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. What do you think? I noticed that the letter seems to make no real points, it is contradictory IMO, and there’s a glaring error regarding how many states currently allow same sex marriage.
Thank you for contacting me regarding same-sex marriage. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
Marriage laws have historically been the responsibility of state governments, and I generally oppose federal government intrusion into matters of state authority. Currently, there are three states in which marriages for same-sex couples are currently performed. However, in 30 states these unions are either statutorily or constitutionally banned. Clearly, one state’s action can have serious and far-reaching implications for other states, particularly because our Constitution requires states to give full faith and credit to the laws of other states.
In 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, and provided that states are not required to recognize same-sex marriages granted under another state’s laws. I voted for this federal law, and I continue to support it today because I believe the traditional family unit should remain the foundation of our society. With respect to marriage, I am a strong supporter of the due process and equal protection rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. However, I do not support legislation that extends the traditional definition and recognition of marriage to same-sex couples.
On September 15, 2009, Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3567, the Respect for Marriage Act of 2009. The bill contains provisions that would force all states and territories in the Union to recognize all marriages that are legal in the state of origin. This legislation would further repeal the federal law implemented by the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which stipulates that “no state or territory needs to treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.”
H.R. 3567 was referred to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties but was not considered by the full House of Representatives prior to the adjournment of the 111th Congress. Currently, no legislation has been introduced in the 112th Congress to repeal DOMA.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
Post # 3
I hate the crappy form letters they send you. Mine always say “Thanks for your view, but I believe [abortion is murder; we have to protect our families from gay marriage].”
They never really have any valid points at all, except that the representative is voting the way they believe. 😛
Post # 4
“Marriage laws have historically been the responsibility of state governments”
Yes, and historically, states have recognized marriages performed in other states as valid and legal, even if they could not be performed in that state. see Nancy Cott (Harvard historian), Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
Post # 6
That letter sounds like a whole bunch of rhetoric without any real valid arguments. Mostly, her opinion surrounded by a bunch of nonsense to distract you from the fact that she’s just stating an opinion without any real foundation.
Post # 7
“Marriage laws have historically been the responsibility of state governments.”
So, how does this justify the federal government now getting involved in refusing to recognize marriages approved by state governments?
Post # 8
This is how her letter read to me:
“Oh yeah, I’m all for equality…unless it’s because two same sex people want to get married. I hope you’ll contact me about anything else you feel strongly about…as long as I agree with it!”
Post # 9
Those letters are form letters written by interns, similar to the ones they receive. I do know, that if you write a handwritten (not typed) letter, in your own words, it will at least (usually not always) get to a staffer. There are some in Congress who actually take a few hours to read and respond to handwritten letters. Please take the time, I know I have talked personally to all of mine, I hope some others will too.
Post # 10
I really, really, really hate the fact that these government officials claim to have America’s best interests in mind. How can they sit there and defend their ignorance based on things that have been done “historically?!” Historically, America condoned slavery and refused to let anyone vote who wasn’t a rich, white, male land owner. Just because things have been done in the past does NOT make them right.
I can’t figure out if I’m sad or just pissed off. This is NOT how America should be.