While the title “Respect for Marriage” sounds as if this federal legislation affirms and supports marriage, it will, in fact, redefine it by law and place individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations who honor traditional marriage at risk of lawsuits, IRS investigation, and government punishment.
The "Respect for Marriage Act" H.R. 8404 is set to REQUIRE everyone to esteem ANY type of "pseudo-marriage” – even marriage between an adult and child. It puts Christians who hold a biblical view of marriage in the crosshairs of culture and under threat of civil action through its broad enforcement mechanisms.
While claiming to institute marital rights to LGBTQ and interracial couples, it provides no marital-related benefits that are not already provided in law.
In fact, the bill is so broadly written that even the amended version that purports to protect the religious and moral views of others, leaves the door open for regulators and the courts to be the arbiters of whether individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations who honor traditional marriage can adhere to their own conscience or must bow to government dictates.
Here are just a few ways the legislation is an all-out assault on biblical values:
- Stated from its own text, the bill “repeals and replaces provisions that define, for purposes of federal law, marriage as between a man and a woman and spouse as a person of the opposite sex with provisions that recognize any marriage that is valid under state law.”
- It would repeal and replace the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (signed by President Bill Clinton) which declares marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
- It would expand the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that overturned marriage laws in dozens of states, enshrined same-sex marriage as the law of the land, and redefined the institution of marriage by judicial fiat.
- Marriage is the God-ordained covenant union of one man and one woman, which Jesus affirmed (Matthew 19:4-6). This legislation would usurp that.
- Civil action in a United States district court can be taken against any person who denies “full faith and credit” of any marriage considered legal by a state. This could directly impact any church, faith-based organization, or business that adheres to a biblical view of marriage.
- Conscience protections placed in the bill for sincerely held religious beliefs are not strong enough to protect those who adhere to biblical teaching.
Christians cannot afford to be silent on the “Respect for Marriage Act.” It is disguised with positive words but seeks to destroy biblical marriage as God defined (Genesis 2:24) and disrupt religious freedom as we know it. Please ACT today.