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Republican Congresswomen Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks both voted with Cindy Axne, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Nancy Pelosi and every other House Democrat to pass H.R. 8404 — the “Respect for Marriage Act.”

The bill codifies Obergefell, repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and attempt to override state laws recognizing marriage between a man and a woman.


Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project, said seven years after Obergefell, Americans now know how same-sex marriage affects them.

“The consequences of the Court’s redefining of marriage have been extensive, affecting nearly every American,” Schilling said. “Many have seen their First Amendment rights threatened or curtailed, such as bakers, florists, photographers, and others. Parents have been shocked to discover lessons on sexual orientation injected into their young children’s schools and smuggled into the TV shows they watch and the books they read. In many workplaces, one cannot even quietly oppose the ideology of ‘Pride’ without risking one’s career.

“While many Americans assumed the good faith of the LGBT movement those years ago, we should know better now. To give in on this issue would mean surrendering to ideologues who wish to stamp out the traditional family and punish all of us who still hold to this ideal. We must not allow this to happen.

The Republican Party of Iowa platform isn’t exactly silent on this issue — at all. Yet Hinson and Miller-Meeks actively voted against the state party’s platform.

“We believe that traditional, two-parent (one male and one female), marriage-based families are the foundation to a stable, enduring and healthy civilization. We encourage the repeal of any laws allowing any marriage that is not between one natural man and one natural woman.”

But Hinson and Miller-Meeks took votes that do exactly the opposite. The exact opposite.

Hinson, for her part, said she voted for the bill because it “respects and maintains settled law.”

Of course, Roe v. Wade was “settled” 49 years ago and Obergefell was settled less than a decade ago.

Axne, for her part, issued the following statement:

“Today I voted yes on the Respect for Marriage Act to enshrine marriage equality in federal law and ensure same-sex and interracial marriages will continue to be recognized,” said Rep. Axne. “I will continue fighting in Congress to protect these rights.” 

Author: Jacob Hall

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