Executive Director, NC Values
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I am messaging you today to urgently request you contact Senators Burr and Tillis, and ask them to vote against the so-called "Respect for Marriage Act" (HR 8404), or, as we're calling it, "The Pathway to Polygamy Bill."
According to the bill's summary:
"Specifically, 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 also prohibits the denial of full faith and credit or any right or claim relating to out-of-state marriages . . . [and] allows the Department of Justice to bring a civil action and establishes a private right of action for violations."
Under the bill, the federal government must acknowledge the legitimacy of ANY marriage validated by a state. The potential passage of a marriage law recognizing polygamy as valid in a liberal state like New York or California would have disastrous implications for North Carolina, and more importantly the institution of marriage as a whole. The impact on tax and welfare provisions alone could be significant, and this says nothing of the threats to our religious liberty.
The bill has already passed the House, and now only needs 10 Republican Senators to vote for it to override a filibuster.
Sadly, Thom Tillis has announced he plans to be one of them.
For these reasons, we are URGENTLY asking you to join us today in using our quick and easy click-to-contact campaign to contact Senators Burr and Tillis, and ask them to truly respect the foundational institution of marriage by voting against HR8404 and its pathway for polygamy.