ACTION ALERT: Protect Ohio’s Right to Define Marriage

Dear Friends,

Please read the message below and then click any of the links to send a pre-written letter to our U.S. Senators encouraging them to co-sponsor The State Marriage Defense Act.

As our friends at FRC state, “The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (S. 2024), introduced last month by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), affirms a state’s right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prevents the federal government from undermining a state’s definition of marriage.

The State Marriage Defense Act provides much needed guidance to the federal government regarding how to determine a citizen’s marital status when applying the approximately 1,000 federal laws and benefits that reference marriage. In the wake of the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling striking down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage between a man and woman for federal purposes, chaos has reigned as some federal agencies are now granting approval of same sex marriage in states that do not recognize such marriages. As a result, the federal government has begun granting certain federal marriage benefits to same sex couples, even when the couple resides in a state that does not recognize their marriage.

This bill directs the federal government to determine marital status by looking to the law of a person’s state of residence. This simple rule ensures that the federal government won’t undermine the 33 states which have enacted state policy in defense of natural marriage.”

In light of recent rulings by runaway judges, Ohioans don’t need to be told twice how important this legislation is to protect our voice as “We The People,” our State Constitution, and our right as a state to recognize the importance of marriage, family, and religious freedom.

Activist judges and liberal states like Massachusetts should not determine marriage policy for Ohio.

Please join me by taking action. Encourage Senator Portman and Senator Brown to co-sponsor the State Marriage Defense Act. Simply CLICK HERE and send a pre-written letter to our U.S. Senators. It’s that easy and that important.


Phil Burress
Chairman, CCV Action