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GOP lawmaker wants to ban feds from recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages

Thursday, January 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require federal agencies to use a person’s state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status.

APU.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

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U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) on Thursday introduced the “State Marriage Defense Act,” which would require the federal government to “defer to the laws of a person’s state of legal residence in determining marital status” for purposes of federal benefits.

According to Weber’s website, the “State Marriage Defense Act of 2014” is to help restore the 10th Amendment, affirm the authority of states to define and regulate marriage, as well as, provide clarity to federal agencies seeking to determine who qualifies as a spouse for the purpose of federal law.”

Weber says his bill would “protect states’ constitutionally established powers from the arbitrary overreach of unelected bureaucrats.”

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“The 10th Amendment was established to protect state sovereignty and individual rights from being seized by the Federal Government,” says Weber. “For too long, however, the Federal Government has slowly been eroding state’s rights by promulgating rules and regulations through federal agencies.”

Weber appeared Thursday afternoon on the daily radio show hosted by Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins, and said that he drafted the bill in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last June which struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, although he added that he had not actually read the entire ruling.

Weber’s bill was introduced with 28 co-sponsors and is supported by the FRC, the National Organization for Marriage, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops, Concerned Women for America, and the Heritage Action PAC.

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  1. more hate… no reason to do this other than hatred and bigotry

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:26am
  2. when do we get to try to ban gop lawmakers from dictating everyone’s lives?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:26am
  3. More hate

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:27am
  4. can we ban him from being an asshole instead

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:27am
  5. So many idiots we got to fight, sigh.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:27am
  6. So many idiots, so little time...

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:50am
  7. More bigots gone wild.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:28am
  8. What a waste of a brain…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:28am
  9. You're assuming there was one there to waste.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:50am
  10. Hmm. He should fight to go back to no women voting, he mite have a better chance of success.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:29am
  11. Die. Just die. I don’t feel like being subtle. DIE!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:30am
  12. Really. Don't waste time and get to the point.

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:08am
  13. yes,die old bigot,soon so young peaceful people can live in peace so

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:21am
  14. Hmm, this would “protect states’ constitutionally established powers,” you say. States’ rights, in other words. It’s just so INTERESTING how the South is so concerned about states having the power to ignore the federal government…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:30am
  15. STOP FUCKING FIGHTING US DAMN IT. fucking faght about shit that matters ffs

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:30am
  16. 28 cosponsors. Gee … I wonder what party …

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:31am
  17. wtf what does anyone gain from this

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:31am
  18. Fucking republicans

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:32am
  19. Its not just the republicans! DOnt lay blame to just them, democrats hate too!

    Replied on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:18am
  20. Bigotry and an idiot– nothing new from the Greedy Old Pricks!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:32am
  21. look! a wild bigot appeared!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:33am
  22. yet another republican scum piece of trash

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:33am
  23. Congress has zero power to do that without a constitutional amendment which takes our approval. Plus, the last time I checked the President was a liberal democrat. And they can’t pass an enforceable law with the signature of the President please STOP WASTING OUR TIME, maybe take a civics class our read the constitution.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:34am
  24. Another hateful Mormon! Is it time to get hateful against that cult?!?!?! (I was raised in that cult!)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:35am
  25. Good luck wasting taxpayer’s money attempting that.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:35am
  26. Somebody gonna knock this dude’s block off.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:36am
  27. This is.coming from people who can’t even balance a budget. What they can’t run there lives so they have to run ours and deny us the equal rights. Well we will just have to fight that as well.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:36am
  28. Pubs are so jobs focused.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:36am
  29. Isn’t there other things to be working on like the economy, the housing market, decreasing our national debt, ending poverty, and improving our education systems?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:37am
  30. A replay of the same attitudinal bigotry that used religion as a weapon and State powers vs. Federal powers during the Civil Rights Movement in dealing with segregation. Like a mirror…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:39am
  31. Great question, Valarie Ross Smith

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:39am
  32. He doesnt have the legal authority it would be ruled unconstitutional

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:40am
  33. Nothing but a Hateful Waste of Space

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:40am
  34. He did not read the ruling of the Court on DOMA … still he introduces a bill?? DOUCHE BAG!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:42am
  35. That’s explicitly unconstitutional

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:43am
  36. Do they not understand what the Supreme Court’s overturning of DOMA meant?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:43am
  37. It won’t work. GOP is doomed to live with GAYS. Get used to it!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:45am
  38. My disdain for these people just grows… and grows.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:46am
  39. What about ANY out of state marriages while they’re at it! This is nothing but BS if you ask me!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:46am
  40. And they (the GOP) wonder why everyone is hating them *smdh*

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:49am
  41. F**k you

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:52am
  42. Here’s a suggestion for a bill, improve the economy you assholes. And stay out of my bedroom!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:55am
  43. GOP=sex on the brain……………………..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:59am
  44. Losers! Screw the GOP!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:13am
  45. why don’t you go move to Russia and see how you like it there because I don’t you will and guess what gay people are going to get married because it is their too and people like you need to mind your own damn business and just let be happy

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:13am
  46. Sigh. Republicans. Ya gotta love ‘em. So many issues need fixing and all this Republican reprobate can focus on is denying loving, same-sex couples their equality under our Constitution. Vote out every last damned Republican in 2014!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:13am
  47. Fuck him.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:15am
  48. It will go nowhere, 2014 is an election year, watch this guy shoot His mouth off and do an Akins in 2014, it would be too bad if He lost His job and all…

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:23am
  49. What an asshole. The more America starts treating all it’s citizens properly (not there yet but it’s starting) hateful people pop out of the slime and try to stop it from happening. They’re an embarassment to this country.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:29am
  50. It’s the UNITED States of America…hello? I believe the Federal Gov’t has it right. Stand up for same sex couples marriage rights bc most of these states are stuck in the dark ages and will never get around to being fair and granting equal rights to LGBT!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:31am
  51. Oh look. A picture of an idiot

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:32am
  52. This is ignorant. In the long run, it is likely that gay couples would move to more progressive states. What does that really mean to the bigoted states? They lose a lot of workers and taxpayers. There is little to draw talented workers to their state, either. It could be potentially ruinous to their state’s economy.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:32am
  53. Another waste of time in a vain attempt to legislate hate. History is going to look at these losers and their ill informed supporters, the same way that history looks at the racist politicians and their racist supporters during the Civil Rights era. Ignorant road blocks to American progress.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:39am
  54. Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:40am
  55. If THAT were to happen — I can see millions (or at least tens of thousands) of married gay couples leaving their “residence” states and flocking to the state they were married in or another state where gay marriage is legal!! LOVE to see the GOP’s reaction to THAT when they loose federal funds because state population has dropped — or how they will whine about electoral votes when the gay Republicans moved to other states and vote (which may get higher electoral votes because of the population increase). I shouldn’t be surprised (but I kinda am) that they can’t see the bigger picture behind their hate!!! Of course, George Bush is from Texas — so that explains alot…LOL!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:40am
  56. Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:44am
  57. Why do they care so much, pure bigotry!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:50am
  58. Where are the jobs? I thought they were working on crating jobs?!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:05am
  59. I guess Constitutional Amendments aren’t in his bible

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:05am
  60. Here’s the assholes number 202-225-2831

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:06am
  61. I want to know what skeletons he’s trying to keep in his closet with these actions.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:07am
  62. Can’t do that. SCOTUS had already ruled. Sorry, no take backs.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:10am
  63. Don’t you just love the way these proponents of “small government” love to interfere in people’s private lives?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:10am
  64. Find out who supports and introduced this bill, then vote them out!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30am
  65. We need to get a secret dirt digging organization on all of these bigots. They need to be exposed for the hate they are pushing!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30am
  66. What happens to a marriage where one is from a state where it is not recognized and the other is from one that is recognized? You can’t invalidate without violating the law.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:41am
  67. idoat idoat. donna

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:45am
  68. Imagine what these people could accomplish if they put the same amount of energy into something useful?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:06am
  69. You ban one out of state legal marriage, you ban them all…straight or gay. That would mean ALL Canadians.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:15am
  70. A$$HOLE

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:35am
  71. Marriage should be a federal decision and not an individual state decision…..Marriage all the way in every state ! The United States of America…..EVERBODY!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:37am
  72. And the government has already agreed to EQUALITY !!!! MAKE IT A FEDERAL MANDATE ! those who do not like it can always relocate to some Dynasty…or African country etc…..(until it changes there anyway ha!)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:38am
  73. I am not sure of this is ideology or opportunism.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:41am
  74. I think REPUBLICANS should be BANNED….

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:16am
  75. he needs a hard fuck

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:19am
  76. In his dreams ..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:07am
  77. Where does all of this hate come from? Don’t politicians have more important things to worry about than who marries who? If you don’t believe in same sex marriage , don’t marry someone of the same sex. I don’t believe in your religion and think its all hogwash, but I have the decency to not try to shut you down because if it! Live what you believe and leave others to do the same!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:07am
  78. you’re an elected people’s representative, mister, STFU & do your elected duties

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:36am
  79. Oh jesus christ! Do your fucking job and pass a single fucking bill that will fix the jobs crisis or tax the rich or ANYTHING that will actually prevent the civil war that’s fast approaching!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:38am
  80. Doesn’t the repeal of DOMA require States to recognize same-sex marriage?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:46am
  81. I don’t think it will ever happen.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:49am
  82. What? Does this guy not understand the scotus descion from DOMA? If a state issues the license feds have to recognize.

    As to whether or not states have to recognize other state issued licenses is a different question. Even today not all licenses are equal and some states refuse to recognize them when they conflict with a given states laws. (Not talking just marriage licenses.)

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:01am
  83. If straight people stopped having gay babies their world would be complete….not! Texas needs a reality check.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:16am
  84. By all means, let’s legislate more discrimination.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:26am
  85. When Will The Hate Ever Stop!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:37am
  86. Apparently he’s the representative of the hate group Family Research Council. This’ll never get past the Senate or the President. You can bet it’s to try to whip up the conservative base so they’ll continue sending money to keep Tony Perkins in the lifestyle to which he has accustomed himself. But it’s a lost cause.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:41am
  87. Ass wipe.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:42am
  88. What is wrong with these people? Do they think they have the right to control everyone’s lives.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:02pm
  89. How can we give members of the house and senate to get a pay decrease for wasting our tax dollars for them to come up with stupid ass proposals?! My vet took a $12,000 decrease in pay for the coming year for helping people with their pets, these fools can’t even help me get a decent paying job! Can we get a pay reduction please!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:04pm
  90. Nasty man! Then they should do the same for opposite sex marriages.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:23pm
  91. they all ready do

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:27pm
  92. The shame is that in N.C. and Fla the most effective wing of the GOP is Gay/lesbian Republicans in fact RW strategies that subvert the growth of tolerance are often implemented by LGBT’S in service to RW agendas in local communities …until we all get real its all just noise

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:29pm
  93. If ppl wasting their time taking someones rights away, towards criminals wed b doing good. Ive seen like 5 amber alerts on my fb in just the past couple hours and two teenages who O’d. Stop trying to take ppl rights away and use ur damn time towards something more useful like catching assholes who steal and kill children and adults! Y is someone elses marriage so damn important? R u getting married to the ppl i so concerned about? Hell no. Everyone deserves to b able to get married. Y dont ppl stop being idiots and start focusing on lore important issues the this world face todays other then who some choses love. #realshit

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:29pm
  94. Latent homosexual

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:31pm
  95. Of course there should be LGBT and Black Republicans, Ken Mehlman ( GoProud founder former “Chairman” of GOP) was a perfect opportunity for GOP to walk the talk of tolerance, instead he like Michael Steele at the moment they voiced concerns about intolerance within Republican mindset, both were thrown under the bus at light speed…can we get real about this stuff finally..?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:34pm
  96. sounds like they dont want to move forward.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:41pm
  97. Watch these bigots – all we want is equality…..

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:45pm
  98. Just another right-wing, hate-filled moron from Texas. Talk about the dregs of humanity, these bigots need to look in the mirror.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:51pm
  99. God is about love not hatred.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:16pm
  100. LOVING V VIRGINIA

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:32pm
  101. These fucking republican bigots just don’t get it. Get over it ass.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:49pm
  102. What a douche.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:55pm
  103. WTF? Why not fuckin just live & let live.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:01pm
  104. lets ban federal recognition of state legislators.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:03pm
  105. #BS!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:06pm
  106. Um I may me wrong but federal law usually overrules state so if the Supreme Court has already desided that not recognizing same sex marriage is unconstitutional then how can the state level say it is constitutional

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:12pm
  107. The response should be for every person of conscience in the US to vote straight line Democrat in November, and given the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression tactics, make sure your vote is counted. In addition, every GOP lawmaker should be investigated (a la Christie) for the closet in his/her skeleton, exposed, and demanded to resign.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:32pm
  108. This one is scarey….what is his agenda? I took a look at his web site….hmmmm…what, send all the gays on a boat to China? (He didn’t say that, but curious thought) I’m glad this one isn’t my neighbor….he probably would have his AR 15 pointed at my house.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:40pm
  109. And another a**hole heard from.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:49pm
  110. Morons

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 2:49pm
  111. Yeah….they are turds

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:03pm
  112. Bigoted douche bags.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:04pm
  113. The US Constitution says that states have to respect each others laws. A law can’t over rule that; you would have to amend the constitution. This is just another GOP member playing to their base by wasting the time of our Congress.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:11pm
  114. Then every license shouldnt be recognized, hetereosexual marriages drivers license,
    CDL license and such

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:18pm
  115. Asshole of the Day!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:41pm
  116. how if we ban cheating and drinking how would you fair then?

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:43pm
  117. These folks are so out of touch with reality….

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:54pm
  118. My what a big finger you have sir.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:55pm
  119. Get a life and stay out if other people’s lives

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:08pm
  120. Tex-Ass! Figures. Look where his priorities are, certainly not jobs or the economy.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:09pm
  121. Not going to happen

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:27pm
  122. God this is getting so old. I am just dumb founded out these feels that are so worried about my and your marriages. Like it actually harms them in any way! The only way it effects them is through their inability to to understand equality for all!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:02pm
  123. The old, white, racist party is at it again. Don’t they understand that their actions are ensuring that a generation who are coming into power will vote against them? Oh well, here is to the GOP becoming a footnote in history.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:20pm
  124. i hope to see a BLUE WAVE come election day !!!!!! STOP THE HATE !!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:22pm
  125. Of course they do. The gop is only good at doing something if it’s to move our country backwards other wise they prefer to do nothing

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:26pm
  126. move

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:35pm
  127. Just another asshole who’s agenda is to prove how much of a BIGOT he is.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:07pm
  128. BLA BLA BLA :P

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:15pm
  129. Bigots abound – and they are in lawmaking positions. Wake up sleeping giant in the USA – vote for people who love our country, respect others rights , work for jobs and equality for all.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:48pm
  130. nice hair coloring..now fuck off and go play in traffic

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:57pm
  131. He’s a Texan – what else!

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:04pm
  132. Toe-tapper.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:09pm
  133. Hey that would be a great movie ” bigots gone wild” ya think? Actually this jerk is so unhappy with his own sexual idenity he surely does not want to allow anyone else that

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:12pm
  134. He says he drafted the legislation in response to US Supreme Court’s ruling shutting down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, but he hasn’t read the entire ruling yet. Isn’t this typical Republican thinking: don’t worry about the details, just go with your biased opinions.

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:29pm
  135. dumbass

    Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:34pm