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Court Overturns Traditional Marriage

Last week a federal judge in Massachusetts struck down the federal definition of “marriage” – the union of one man and one woman.  Declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional is a reversal of the traditional definition of marriage and demonstrates only the most recent example of egregious judicial activism.

I supported DOMA when it overwhelmingly passed the House in 1996 and was signed into law by President Clinton.  In the wake of its passage, DOMA’s constitutionality was widely accepted in the courts as well as the Clinton Justice Department.

I have the highest respect for the institution of marriage as the building block of the family and a fundamental cornerstone of our culture and society.  I disagree with this judge’s decision because I firmly believe that marriage is uniquely and essentially the union of one man and one woman.  I can only hope that the decision will meet a starkly different fate at the hands of the court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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