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house Bill H.R. 824

Should States Have The Right To Ignore Federal Law When Defining Marriages?

Argument in favor

States should be make their own legal definitions about marital relations, as it is their historic and religious right.

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03/13/2015
Heck yes. No one has an intrinsic, natural right to marry a person of the same sex. Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution of natural law and no government has a right to change this institution. Federalizing marriage out of a faulty notion about human rights is a mistake and an exercise in tyranny.
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V's Opinion
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06/15/2015
No government should have the right to define marriage. It is a legal contract or a religious commitment between the consenting individuals. If some government body MUST have a say, it should be the state as it is closer to the values of a smaller population.
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Joseph's Opinion
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05/30/2015
My personal opinion of same sex marriage doesn't change the 10th amendment to the U.S. Construction witch has been reversed by public opinion and this administration. This bill would insure that it goes back to the way it was supposed to be.
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Argument opposed

States sovereignty and freedom should be preserved — but no state should have the right to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

UNAVoterNC's Opinion
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02/27/2015
The US Constitution says that full faith and credit should be given to other states -- while a state may have their own marriage definition, they cannot fail to recognize a valid marriage from another state. The 14th Amendment also recognizes certain fundamental rights, such as marriage, that must be given equal protection -- therefore the Constitution gives a right to marriage over any existing state laws.
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RichWill's Opinion
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02/24/2015
The Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution requires states to adhere to Federal Law whenever there is a conflict. For a state to ignore this clause in any case would be an unconstitutional violation of the Constitution we hold so dear.
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DonaldTrump's Opinion
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11/06/2015
"Ultimately, gay marriage is now the law of the land." [nj.com]
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    Heck yes. No one has an intrinsic, natural right to marry a person of the same sex. Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution of natural law and no government has a right to change this institution. Federalizing marriage out of a faulty notion about human rights is a mistake and an exercise in tyranny.
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    The US Constitution says that full faith and credit should be given to other states -- while a state may have their own marriage definition, they cannot fail to recognize a valid marriage from another state. The 14th Amendment also recognizes certain fundamental rights, such as marriage, that must be given equal protection -- therefore the Constitution gives a right to marriage over any existing state laws.
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    The Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution requires states to adhere to Federal Law whenever there is a conflict. For a state to ignore this clause in any case would be an unconstitutional violation of the Constitution we hold so dear.
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    "Ultimately, gay marriage is now the law of the land." [nj.com]
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    No government should have the right to define marriage. It is a legal contract or a religious commitment between the consenting individuals. If some government body MUST have a say, it should be the state as it is closer to the values of a smaller population.
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    The federal government needs to protect individuals from tyranny of the majority. Whether that individual is James Meredith or a gay couple, the Feds need to keep states from denying equal protection.
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    We pledge allegiance to this Nation and the Contitution upon which it is founded. No State should be above the law of the Nation, nor should individuals decide on another Citizen's right to participate fully in society.
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    Marriage is marriage. Whether one believes that LGBT people have the right to marriage or not, the Federal Constitution guarantees that rights conferred in one state must be recognized by other states. Equality is not dependent on geography.
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    People should have the freedom to marry whomever the choose. Stop this ridiculous discrimination and bigotry. It does nothing but divide our wonderful country.
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    No, states should not be able to define marriage and deny rights to certain groups of citizenry...just as states in the South (ultimately) weren't left to their own devices during the abolition of slavery.
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    BECAUSE CONSTITUTION YOU FUCKTARDS
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    My personal opinion of same sex marriage doesn't change the 10th amendment to the U.S. Construction witch has been reversed by public opinion and this administration. This bill would insure that it goes back to the way it was supposed to be.
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    Because what's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong. Right and wrong are not respective to individuals or states. Also, what is done in one state would have to be honored by another state. This won't work. When the federal government says that marriage is between one man and one woman, this rules out polygamy, incest, pedophilia, homosexuality, and bestiality; and that's the way it should stay, whatever state you're in. if the federal government says otherwise, then we know how far from truth we have fallen. We'll have to fight.
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    This issue is a states rights issue. My state has marriage defined in our state constitution because We the People voted it that way!
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    If you cannot follow the principles of the founding fathers, that we are one Nation Under God and understand that this country was founded on Christian principles you need an education. The last 50 years seem to have have brought us to become One Nation from Hell as we have condoned immoral behavior and murder. Redefining of principles as has occurred shows a collapse of Christian teaching and belief. Disgusting!
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    The civil status of marriage is clearly distinguished from the religious institution of marriage. Religious rights are preserved under federal law, as are civil rights of same-sex couples. State law should not be allowed to undermine this.
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    Read your Bible. It is the only authority we will recognize on the subject.
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    We should stick with marriage as defined one man and one woman
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    You can't talk about empowering the states then pick and choose on these type of issues.
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    Marriage is a union between a an and a woman according to GOD'S LAW!
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