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Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee want to deny recognition of gay marriages in 33 states

Friday, February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two GOP Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to use a person’s state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) 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.

“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,” said Cruz, in a statement.

“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,” he said.

Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.

Section 3 of DOMA had codified the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns.

Since the ruling, most federal agencies have been updating policies and recognizing legally married same-sex couples, even if they currently reside in one of 33 states where same-sex marriage is not legal.

A companion bill, introduced last month in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), has 58 sponsors.

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  1. …will somebody please take one of those stupidly legal AK-47′s, aim it at this asshole and take him out?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:43pm
  2. asshole

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:43pm
  3. how long can this thing swirl around the porcelain bowl before it flushes down?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:43pm
  4. The bigger the turds the longer the swirl. These guys are "olympic logs"

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:24pm
  5. Fuck this

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
  6. Losers!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
  7. Blah blah blah..Talking bobble heads

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
  8. Good luck with that. Tea Party idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
  9. Canadian asswipe!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:44pm
  10. Why don’t we ban Heterosexual Marriage across the board?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  11. Good luck you ass …

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  12. These people make me so sick can’t they just fuck off and leave us alone?! they want to demonize us,but when we call them out on there bigoted bullshit they play the victim. *facepalm*

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  13. This law will GO NO WHERE!! this law is headed directly down the CRAPPER considering the law does not allow for discrimination on religious grounds, the law goes by the constitution not religious grounds. how many times does STUPID have to come into effect before these IDIOTS learn that these type of laws WILL NOT STAND.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:45pm
  14. He needs to go live with Putin .

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:46pm
  15. is it just me or does he get uglier every time i see him

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  16. Wasting time and taxpayers $$$ on this. Assshole.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  17. Sad representatives refuse to represent everyone

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  18. Because there is nothing of importance for them to be focusing on as they waste taxpayers’ money with this bullshit.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  19. a consistent Tex-ASS 3:)

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  20. What bunch of dicks!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  21. Fuck you Cruz…I want to be elected EMPEROR of the US !!! …the first thing I will do is to reverse ALL pensions to Congress and Senate. There is NO reason taxpayers should be paying fat cat’s pensions, period ! Let them pay Social Security like everyone else ! The next thing I will do is legalize Gay marriage in ALL states and Federal Territories…Anyone convicted of a Hate Crime…automatic LIFE without parole !

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  22. this has become a circus freak-show, and i can only laugh over how desperate the GOP has become.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  23. Bigot !

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  24. Wether you like it or not we are slowly but surely winning this battle step by step. This will be on the federal level and then you ass bag won’t matter a lick to us so have fun while you can

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:47pm
  25. A federal judge in KY just ruled that it was unconstitutional to not recognize out of state same-sex marriages, this would not hope up to legal scrutiny… What a waste of time and money, let alone the perfectly good air I could be breathing that these neanderthals are wasting

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm
  26. Oh, Ted, why don’t you just try to be a little more hateful. Fuckhead.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm
  27. Who cares what they want, they’re idiots!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:48pm
  28. Won’t fly in the senate trust me on this I know how congress works. If he was a real tea party member he would be standing with the president and not with the conservative caucus.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:49pm
  29. They are both phoney religious fanatics and hate equality accept for themselves.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:49pm
  30. These people are waisting our tax dollars. Let’s remember them when election time comes around. We put them into office, & we can remove them just as fast.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:49pm
  31. Can we just deport the Canadian yet?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:49pm
  32. Keep your noses out of marriage you idiots. States have rights and you cannot make them do as YOU please.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:50pm
  33. He needs to be censured and removed

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:50pm
  34. If it were up to each state, a good portion would still have slavery, required segregation and outlaw interracial marriage. Federal government stepped in on both of those. Same thing here.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:50pm
  35. I think that they all need to go live with Putin and take Sarah Palin with them and let people get married

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:50pm
  36. Pandering. This will backfire when he makes his presidential run and has to appeal to an audience that is wider than the Talebangelical base that such antics pander to. America has changed, and they haven’t figured that out yet.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52pm
  37. When will he SHUT THE FUCK UP??? There, now I feel better.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52pm
  38. so your saying this idiot wants to live in the past??? Some people has got to get with the program, all people are equals, even if they are and asshole like you.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52pm
  39. I want to deny recognition of him as a leader.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:52pm
  40. He looks like he has gas and had too much fiber, just sayin’.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:53pm
  41. He’s balding :D Maybe aging will be our savior and he’ll die soon rather then later :)

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:53pm
  42. My good lord, this man needs to go away. Seriously. He has now angered some of the old guard republicans with his latest antics. he may soon die a slow death. This probably wont get past the senate anyway.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:53pm
  43. I think it is a great plan as long as ALL marriages are treated equally. Sooooo if you live in NY but were married in Utah you can only be legally married within the state you got married .

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:53pm
  44. it would really be surprising if this joker has a computer, or still counts on his fingers and toes.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:54pm
  45. Stupid idiot cruze I a sss

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:54pm
  46. Fuck Ted cruse there is a special place in hell for him. And anyone who discriminates is on the wrong side of history equality is coming vandalism there us nothing they can do they are sexist racist bigots and they will lose

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:54pm
  47. What an ass!!! What is he afraid of? no one would ever hit on him.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:55pm
  48. This guy is laughable, he needs to be flushed like the turd he is.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:56pm
  49. Only in America…Gay marriage has been legal for years in Canada and other countries…, Only in American can politicians make such a Big deal of this issue. My partner and I just got married after 20 years being together. I’m just amazed how much Hatred is still out their in 2014!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:57pm
  50. Deport Ted Cruz

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:57pm
  51. He is evil

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:58pm
  52. Oh, Teddy, haven’t you been paying attention to the news at all? The same sex marriage bans are being declared unconstitutional in all those states. DOMA was a federal policy, dimwit, and you were fine with that as long as it went along with your beliefs. Just wait, we’ll find out he’s been molesting little boys and keeps them locked in his cellar before he kills them.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:58pm
  53. GOP this is bullshit, come into the real world, stop defending outdated ideas. As a political party the GOP is lacking in giving rights to all American. You guys keep talking about Obama, but it’s all talk. The GOP is all blow and no go.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:58pm
  54. Yeh, good luck with that, asshole. It won’t pass in the Senate. And, our President won’t sign it.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:59pm
  55. What a douche bag!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:59pm
  56. He Can Go Jump Off A High Mountain !!! Never to Be Heard Again !!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm
  57. How can people be so obtuse regarding another person life? I just don’t understand the meanness and hatred involved…and that people so blatantly flaunt their ignorance. I am ashamed for them.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm
  58. They are tragic.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:00pm
  59. And the people are going to deny him a place in the presidential race

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:01pm
  60. I would be willing to keep bieber if we could send this asshat back to canada

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:02pm
  61. Note to Ted Cruz..give it a rest.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:02pm
  62. The Fucktard Apocalypse finally has a poster child.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  63. This man is completely ignorant. If he doesn’t like gay marriages, don’t marry one. If he doesn’t like the fact that this nation is fighting for equality for everyone, then he need to go live in a country where inequality is the norm.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  64. shall I suggest Russia or better yet North Korea!!

    Replied on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:48pm
  65. if this keeps up I’m going to take my bf get on a plane and fly to London

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:04pm
  66. What a douche

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  67. Wasn’t the USA once thought as a free country of reason, where religion is a matter of the citizen and not of the state? How is it compatibly with the pretty logical thoughts of the forefathers, to dictate the citizens what the right marriage is? Liberty should be limited when there is or could be harm and only with facts as arguments. Religion is no valid argument and tradition is also no valid argument. So what remains?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  68. How much you want to bet he watches girl on girl porn?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  69. YOu want to get reelected dude, then grow up and stop being an ass and stand up for something that you may not like but have to support for equal RIGHTS!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  70. The New Dawn of Nazism is here in Bold Love by Sen. Cruz. Help him by supporting his Hated of the Constitution an all human rights

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  71. Teddy ,why does it bother u so much ?? I just hope you are a bit more tolerant to gays in your family. Stop being an asshole and respect others

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:05pm
  72. He’s pissed at his male lover and want everyone to be, as miserable as he is. That is all!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:07pm
  73. CAN YOU JUST GET ANY MORE STUPID???????

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:07pm
  74. I really hate this guy. I wish he would just go away. Like his next election.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:12pm
  75. Look at that face! Looks like he smelled something bbaadd!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:13pm
  76. Asshole’s

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:14pm
  77. Why is he so passionate of hurting LGBTs. He is so evil.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:14pm
  78. Fucking pig

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:14pm
  79. Hes a prejudiced hispanic and hes against everything Hes father is worst He thinks hes a wasp

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:17pm
  80. He is one huge JERK.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:17pm
  81. Idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:18pm
  82. This ho is too ugly to be gay so he try to stop pp from being happy lol

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:18pm
  83. There are so many things in this country that need attention and his investing time on this. Come on…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:21pm
  84. HES AN IDIOT!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:22pm
  85. TODAY IS VALENTINES DAY!! WISHING ALL!!! ALL!! A VERY SPECIAL DAY.. LOVE ALL!!!..<3

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:22pm
  86. Nobody pays any attention to these two fools.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:23pm
  87. Keep everyone distracted while we rake in more millions than we know what to do with…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:25pm
  88. He doesnt seem to grasp how the government works, does he?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:25pm
  89. Cruz can fuck off!! Read the constitution, Asshat!! 14th Amendement, douche canoe!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:25pm
  90. We have been there and done that it was declared unconstitutional. How many times will they bring up this subject?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:27pm
  91. Why is Ted Cruz always such a jackass?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:27pm
  92. Come Ted Keep up the racist bigoted Views give us a reason to replace you…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:28pm
  93. F U C K THEM!!!!!!!!!! They definitely have tiny dicks!! Lol!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:29pm
  94. Seriously Ted Cruz, Is this the most important thing Americans have on their minds these days? STFU and start working on ways to help America get the economy back on track. You sound like a broken record.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:30pm
  95. wonderful….land of the free where we teach hatred…….just what I want my grandkids to believe…yikes. So happy he’s not my senator…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:30pm
  96. I have feeling Cruz won’t be elected again.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:31pm
  97. What a total douche bag!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:32pm
  98. Ted Cruz should be deported along with Justine Bieber…back to Canada. I am so sick of the hatred in our country in 2014.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:32pm
  99. GET OVER IT! It’s not going to happen so just mind your OWN BUSINESS, Mr. Cruz(‘s gay hot spots).

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:33pm
  100. Just another reason to vote these ignorant pieces of shit out of office! Mid terms can’t come any quicker.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:35pm
  101. Here is a heartfelt Fuck You, to Cruz and Lee. We will be enjoying our fedearally recognized status as equal citizens even though our state of residence doesn’t care to see it that way. But, that will change when all the lawsuits against that discriminatory law prevail.
    Signed,
    Sarah and Ali. A happily married couple living in PA.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:36pm
  102. All this is Pandering to their base. It is always the 3Gs/ gays,god,guns. The repubs have to have a issue to divert that they have nothing to offer for the American people except obstructionism. They want to get headlines. I agree these guys are A$$ wipes. I have involved with gay rights since the 80s. These guys come & go!!! Just remember once the closet was open, the door will not close. These Bigots makes us stronger and more resloved. When you read these what these guys are doing it is always a screen distraction for what they areare really doing!!! This part of the repub play book for 30yrs. Divide, Divide the american public with the 3Gs. Remember, WE ARE EVERYWHERE & WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!!!!! M in Oregon

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:40pm
  103. Time for this crazy Cannuck to go!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:41pm
  104. This guy is a jerk off…go back to Canada

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:43pm
  105. Send Ted Cruz to Uganda, his bigotry will be appreciated there…….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:44pm
  106. Other then marriage, (for now), which other state laws trump federal laws?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:45pm
  107. Boo to them.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:45pm
  108. A big douche bag. Send him back to Canada.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:46pm
  109. I have always voted republican and still agree with most republican views but this homophobic crap that is coming out of these peoples mouth is disgusting. I have friends and relatives who are gay or lesbian and i as a human being want nothing more than for them to be happy.my statement today is i will not vote for any republican who wants treat particular human beings like dog mess and compare them to child molesters etc. Keep up the good fight my friends.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:47pm
  110. Apparently his fat cat sponsors gave him another unmarked envelope. He has no more idea of what America wants than my cat!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:47pm
  111. Cure for Aids?Real Kalki.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:49pm
  112. not like the supreme court decided this case already

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:52pm
  113. TED CRUZ YOU SHOULD REMEMBER YOU WILL NOT BE SEATING WHERE YOU ARE IF NOT FOR GAYS THAT VOTED FOR YOU…voting against WILL NOT MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON..

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:52pm
  114. Horrible horrible man…get out Ted Cruz! Go Away and stay away!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:54pm
  115. You know, I used to like Canada…but between Bieber and this @$$hole, I’m rethinking my position on them…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:55pm
  116. Like an old friend once said of adolescents: “They need to be hermetically sealed and let out in…” Well- I don’t know about the letting out of some senators :/ Is there not enuf business to keep ‘em busy elsewhere ?

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:55pm
  117. why is it that all the psychos have been shooting children when we have assholes like these that they could kill instead .

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:56pm
  118. It makes me think of how things use to be when it come to people of color if your skin was dark u were 2nd class and had no rights but u could still get married tired of the bs I deserve the same riights as any one else the south as usual is kicking and screaming get over it do whats right equality for all

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:58pm
  119. Both Cruz’es are fucked. The other is his old man.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:59pm
  120. THEY ARE ENDANGERING YOUR RIGHT -TO PERSUE HAPPINESS

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:59pm
  121. Ignorance’s abounding!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:59pm
  122. I want to deny that he is alive

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:01pm
  123. Last I heard this was the united states not unnited states

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:01pm
  124. ….this turd of a man is nothing but a narcissistic little nobody that will resort to any cynical ploy that will keep his name in the news….what a fucking troll…

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:02pm
  125. Doesn’t this guy have anything better to do

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:02pm
  126. Deport this Jackass! He is so UNAMERICAN.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:03pm
  127. I’m still waiting to hear how someone else’s marriage has ANY effect on any other marriage? Regardless of orientation; what exactly is the problem? I do not accept arguments from ‘books’ which claim to ‘know everything’ because they certainly don’t, there are no mobile phones mentioned in ANY ‘holy’ book! But there is a lot about wearing ‘two kinds of cloth’. That’s a BIG No-No by the way, that gets you stoned to death because it’s an ‘abomination’! So since that ‘stricture’ is being ignored, along with many others, why not add a few more? But all that aside; what is it that changes YOUR marriage when someone else gets married? Get a grip on reality FFS!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:03pm
  128. kiss my ass

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:06pm
  129. Douchebag!!!! I’d like to deny him rights

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:09pm
  130. will somebody shoot these guys.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:09pm
  131. Cruz is a closet case and Lee is his boyfriend!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:09pm
  132. Don’t these a**holes have anything more important to do such as aiding the poor, working of on national infrastructure, job bills, increase minimum wage…etc??????

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:10pm
  133. will never pass assholes.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:10pm
  134. Move yourself on to Uganda Cruz! YOU are the minority in this Nation! We are ALL moving on! If you want to live in the past, go live in a third world country! WE ARE OVER YOU!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:11pm
  135. He does not stand for Liberty, but religious ideology. Period.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:13pm
  136. When religion and politics merge….. This is what you get. Sad….

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:15pm
  137. Heard about the Fourteenth Amendment, Senators?

    States can refuse to perform same sex marriages if they are that stupid, but federal law grants the same privileges in every state for every citizen of those states.

    PS to Cruz… U.S. Presidents know and understand the Constitution. Hint!

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:15pm
  138. doesn’t the asshole realize he lost. he need to go back to Canada

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
  139. Of course they do! Latent homosexuals always deny it.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:18pm
  140. Oh wah, the teabag tea party b.s. Fuck that male cunt! :-b lol

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:19pm
  141. Sen Cruz is an embarrassment to Texas.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:22pm
  142. Pathetic, mean, hateful desperate men.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:22pm
  143. :-/

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:23pm
  144. I want to deny those two recognition as human beings.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:29pm
  145. Canadians don’t want any Neo-con Texas trash in our country. He left. That’s it. WE DON’T WANT HIM BACK. Send him to Uganda where he belongs.

    Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 9:29pm