FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wed., Nov. 7, 2007
CONTACT: Gary Glenn – 989-835-7978
Joe Knollenberg – 248-851-1366
Thad McCotter – 34-632-0314 or 248-685-9495
Candice Miller – 586-997-5010
Michigan Republicans Joe Knollenberg, Thad McCotter, Candice Miller support federal homosexual “rights” legislation
Three GOPers side with Barney Frank, ignore White House warning that
bill threatens religious freedom and validates homosexual “marriage”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan Congressional Republicans Joe Knollenberg, Thad McCotter, and Candice Miller were among 35 GOP House members nationally who joined Democrats and homosexual activist groups Wednesday in supporting Rep. Barney Frank’s federal homosexual “rights” legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 235 to 184.
“Joe Knollenberg, Thad McCotter, and Candace Miller sided with homosexual activist groups and liberal Democrats like Barney Frank to support legislation that threatens religious freedom, gives federal recognition to homosexual marriage, and discriminates against individuals, business owners, and organizations who believe homosexual behavior is wrong,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.
“By voting with Barney Frank and homosexual activist groups, they ignored warnings by the White House, rejected the Republican Party platform, and thumbed their nose at the people of Michigan, who overwhelmingly voted to constitutionally protect marriage as only between one man and one woman,” Glenn said.
“We urge Michigan families to hold Knollenberg, McCotter, and Miller accountable for helping Barney Frank pass legislation that would — for the first time in federal law — grant recognition to so-called homosexual ‘marriage’ and create special rights based on sexual behavior.”
All of Michigan’s Democratic members of Congress also voted for the bill, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would for the first time in federal law establish special “protected class” status on the basis of “sexual orientation.”
Glenn noted, however, that the total vote in favor is not sufficient to override a possible veto by President Bush. According to a White House statement last month, the legislation “raises concerns on constitutional and policy grounds, and if H.R. 3685 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”
The bill “is inconsistent with the right to the free exercise of religion,” the White House said, and “is virtually certain to encourage burdensome litigation.” The White House also said the legislation threatens to add federal recognition to homosexual “marriages” recognized under state law, as in Massachusetts.
“Provisions of this bill purport to give Federal statutory significance to same-sex marriage rights under State law. These provisions conflict with the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman. The Administration strongly opposes any attempt to weaken this law, which is vital to defending the sanctity of marriage.”
(Full White House statement: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/legislative/sap/110-1/hr3685sap-r.pdf)
House Republican Whip Roy Blount, R-Mo., Wednesday said the legislation “takes dead aim at religious freedom” and “creates conflict between oneÃ‚â€™s right to religious freedom and anotherÃ‚â€™s right to sue you for exercising it.”
“The so-called Ã‚â€˜Employment Non-Discrimination ActÃ‚â€™ creates a legal quagmire for employees who practice, or even acknowledge, their religious beliefs Ã‚â€“ depending on where they happen to work and subject to judicial interpretation,” Blount said. “In the process, it erodes a basic, fundamental right bestowed upon us by our Creator and a right guaranteed to every American under the U.S. Constitution.”
Blount said the legislation would restrict the religious freedom of “Christian bookstore owners, as an example, or any other small business in which people of faith and deep religious conviction are relied upon as an integral part of the workforce.”
Blount penned a column on the majorityÃ‚â€™’s ENDA legislation this week for Human Events, available here: http://www.humanevents.com:80/article.php?id=23270
Video of Blunt’s speech Wednesday on the floor of the House: http://youtube.com:80/watch?v=y0FOPw8vKqY
|ENDA VOTE TALLY||Yea||Nay||Total||235||184|
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