Just one day after it was introduced, the House of Representatives passed the deceptively named “Respect for Marriage Act” by a vote of 267 to 157. Every Democrat voted for the measure and 47 Republicans broke with their own party platform guidelines to vote for this legislation.
The "Respect for Marriage Act" H.R. 8404 could REQUIRE everyone to honor ANY type of "pseudo-marriage” states might allow. It puts Christians who hold a biblical worldview of marriage in the crosshairs of culture and under threat of civil action through its broad enforcement mechanisms.
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.
- There are no conscience protections for sincerely held religious beliefs in the bill.
Christians cannot afford to be silent on this policy. The “Respect for Marriage Act” is disguised with positive words that will seek to destroy biblical marriage as God defined (Genesis 2:24) and disrupt religious freedom as we know it. ACT today.