I wanted to share this letter from my Representative here in Las Vegas Nevada. It is in response to a letter I wrote to him regarding the Republicans in Congress protecting DOMA. You will note that his excuse is that marriage was not outlined in the constitution. And apparently it is now the Republicans job to do so. You will also note that he isn’t exactly keeping up with the times. He says he is doing what the people want, well according the the latest polls concerning same sex marriage 67% of the people are for it not against it. This is the problem with the Republican party, they are all old and thank goodness dieing off. Their ideas are prehistoric and really have no place in government. But of course, that is just my opinion. If you don’t believe me take a look at the response I received and you will see that he is making excuses for upholding his Christian values and not what is right for government which is the pursuit of happiness, and liberty for all. I don’t want your religious beliefs in my life nor should it be pushed on me or any of his constitute. Just treat us all as equals and don’t discriminate against me because your think your religion tells you to. When it comes to religion you can’t just pick and choose what you are going to believe or not. I am pretty much sure that it is the whole package or nothing at all. When it comes to discriminating against me, I prefer nothing at all. I believe in God, and I have a strong connection with God. God does not discriminate, nor does he tell anyone else to do so. The Constitution tells us not to discriminate until DOMA. I only hope the Supreme Court will see that it is not necessary to define marriage nor is it constitutional to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation. Anyway have a good read and make certain to read between the lines!
January 18, 2013
Dear Mr. XXXXXXXX,
Thank you for contacting me to shareyour opposition to the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group provisions included in House Resolution 5, the House of Representatives Rules package for the 113th Congress. I understand your concerns, and appreciate the opportunity to respond to you on this important issue.
As you may know, H. Res. 5 establishes the rules of order for the House of Representatives for the duration of 113th Congress. These include the rules concerning floor debate procedures, committee activity, and rules regarding other congressionally-established offices and committees, such as the Committee on Ethics. Among the many provisions in this resolution was language to authorize the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to continue its work from the 112th Congress to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA; P.L. 104-199).
As you may know, the Obama Administration and Attorney General Eric Holder recently statedtheir belief that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and as a result,will not defend the law against a legal challenge. DOMAwas originally signed into law byPresident Clinton and defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. The decision by this Administration to abandon the law oversteps presidential authority. The separation of powers clearly outlined by our Constitution gives only the Supreme Court the power to interpret the law – not the President. Additionally, as the institution of marriage is not a right defined in the Constitution or Bill of Rights, the issue of marriage falls to the people of the states to decide, and the people of Nevada amended the state constitution to provide that definition. Unless the Supreme Court decides that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, it is the responsibility of the Administration to uphold the law of the land.
While I agree with President Obama when he says that marriage is a matter best left to individual states, his decision to not defend the law and the voice of the people is disappointing. Speaker of the House John Boehner has asked that the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group meet to determine how to uphold its duty and protect the will of the states, and I support theseefforts. Please know that I understand your concerns and will follow this matter closely as it moves forward.
Again,I appreciate your thoughts and it is an honor to serve you in Congress. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
|Sincerely, DR. JOE HECK Member of Congress|