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====== FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ======

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.AmericaFirstParty.org

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Pure Politics Play Devalues Marriage

Boulder, CO - The America First Party denounces the damage being done to the sacred societal bedrock institution of marriage this week. By holding a debate and vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment, Senate Republicans are playing politics with this important issue instead of actually taking steps to protect marriage between one man and one woman.

National Chairman Dan Charles stated, "The traditional marriage must be defended if our civilization is to survive. Rather than take the necessary steps to defend marriage, President Bush and Senate Republicans are playing politics with the issue by calling for a vote on a flawed Constitutional Amendment that will not and ought not pass. They are doing this to create an issue for the November elections, not to protect marriage."

National Press Secretary Romelle Winters added, "Unfortunately the flawed Marriage Protection Amendment does not protect marriage. It should be renamed 'The Marriage-in-Name-Only Protection Amendment'. We are proud to stand with Concerned Women for America and Justice Roy Moore against this amendment. This is the wrong solution to the problem of judges dictating to other co-equal branches of government--and the cowardice shown in response."

Mr. Charles continued, "Our nation's Founders made amending the Constitution a long and slow process. Rogue judges will destroy traditional marriage before this amendment can finish that process. Steps can be taken now to defend marriage legislatively without the need to amend the Constitution. First, the Defense of Marriage Act should be re-passed, with additional language to remove it from federal court jurisdiction under Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. Second, in accordance with Article IV, Section 4, Congress should pass a law limiting the power of both federal and state courts to order legislation be passed. Finally, Congress should pass a law removing marriage and domestic partnership from the jurisdiction of the full faith and credit clause, just as an authority to solemnize marriage or practice medicine does not cross state lines."

National Secretary John Pittman Hey added, "President Bush waited until after he announced the start of his re-election campaign to speak up in defense of marriage. So far, he's been all talk and no action. He could bring this judicial tyranny to a screeching halt today if he really wanted to. If Bush really cared about traditional marriage, he would order federal prosecutors and marshals to enforce the Supreme Court precedent of Reynolds v. United States, which upheld the traditional definition of marriage and proclaimed it as essential to the preservation of a republican form of government. Instead, Bush is stringing the issue along to inflame his conservative base and ensure his re-election. He's teasing the electorate and playing games with an issue vital to the survival of our nation. That's the craven act of a political wheeler-dealer, not the principled leadership of a statesman."

Contacts:
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2

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