Morning Action: Jim DeMint Explains Supporters of Real Marriage Should Not Be Marginalized, Degraded

MARRIAGE.  People who believe in the truth about marriage should not be berated for standing for that truth.  Heritage President Jim DeMint explains:

Some people can’t seem to understand why anyone would support marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Indeed, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued last week that the only reason Congress had for passing the Defense of Marriage Act was to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” others. Justice Kennedy says we’re denying dignity to people in same-sex relationships.

But it is his ruling that denies dignity to those who don’t think a same-sex relationship is a marriage. His ruling denies dignity to the millions of Americans and their elected officials who have voted to pass laws that tell the truth about marriage.

The rhetoric from the Court attacking the goodwill of the majority of Americans—who know marriage is the union of a man and a woman—is not helpful. The marriage debate will continue, and all Americans need to be civil and respectful.

Already, however, we have seen that those in favor of redefining marriage are willing to use the coercive force of law to marginalize and penalize those who hold the historic view of marriage—even if it means trampling First Amendment religious liberty protections along the way. This is already evident in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., where Christian adoption agencies have been forced to stop providing adoption and foster care services.

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EPA.  The Environmental Protection Agency sent its revised greenhouse gas emissions rule for new power plants to the White House, the Hill reports:

The contents of the proposed rule, which now rests in the White House Office of Management and Budget, remain sealed. 

While its substance is unknown, moving the rule puts the climate plan President Obama announced last week into motion.

The EPA had missed an April deadline for finalizing the rule for yet-to-be built plants. The agency said it needed time to review the 2 million public comments the rule invited, though insiders say the EPA pulled back to tinker with it in hopes of withstanding legal challenges from industry.

FARM BILL.  House Republican leaders must reform the farm bill and food stamps once they have separated them (sub. req’d):

Leadership is warming to the idea of splitting the bill. But the problem for GOP leaders is if they drop food stamps from the farm bill, they will almost certainly lose Democratic votes and may have trouble picking up enough Republican votes in return without the groups’ blessing.

Though Republican leaders blamed Democrats for not delivering the number of votes they had promised, GOP lawmakers have conceded that the Club for Growth and Heritage Action were instrumental in compelling members of the conference to vote “no.”

At the end of last week, Republican leadership aides said no decisions had been made as to how to move the farm bill forward, with Keller concerned the idea was just a tactic to get a bill through the House.

AMNESTY.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is keeping pressure on the House to pass an amnesty bill like the one that the Senate passed last week (sub. req’d):

Majority Leader Harry Reid sought Monday to put pressure on Republican leaders to get the House to take up and pass legislation overhauling immigration policy in line with a measure the Senate passed last week.

“There are still plenty of shortsighted and small-minded folks in Washington who want to stop this landmark legislation before it gets to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law,” Reid said in prepared remarks at a rally in Las Vegas. “Unfortunately, many of those folks serve in the House of Representatives.”

“So it’s up to all of you to stay involved,” he said. “It’s up to us to convince Republicans in the House to pass an immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship.”

The extremely flawed Senate bill is bad for Americans and promotes future illegal immigration; will reduce illegal immigration by a mere 25 percent, according to the Congressional budget office.  It repeats the mistakes of the past, and the House should take a better path.

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