Sunday, February 16, 2014

QUEER QUOTE: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Introduces "State Marriage Defense Act"

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Asshole) has introduced legislation called the "State Defense of Marriage Act" which appears to really be a way to resuscitate the invalidated Defense of Marriage Act. The bill purports to "defend marriage" by saying that the federal government must defer to a state's definition of marriage when determining marriage-based federal benefits, rights and responsibilities. Of course, I'm sure it is just a coincidence that currently 33 states restrict marriage to be between a man and a woman and that currently the federal government is recognizing marriages between same-sex couples for federal benefits.

Cruz issued a statement about S. 2024 that is today's Queer Quote:
“I support traditional marriage. Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens. The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for its residents.”
Happily, this bill is unlikely to become law anytime soon. The part I can not understand is how does it effect person A if person B has their marriage recognized by the federal government? How does person B's marriage affect person A or person A's marriage? I would really love to hear an answer from a heterosexual supremacist like Sen. Cruz.

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