The Tempest

Not Exactly Shooting For \”Miss Congeniality\”

Return To Sender…

Posted by Daniel on Monday, March 20, 2006

Dear Mr Anderson :

Knowing of your interest in defending traditional families, I am writing to inform you of recent actions I have taken in the United States Senate to encourage strong families.It is no longer a safe assumption that current federal law can protect the institution of marriage. For this reason, I cosponsored S.J. Res. 40, the Federal Marriage Amendment. The proposed amendment reads: “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any state, shall be construed to require that marriage of the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.” I spoke several times on the Senate floor regarding the need to protect and preserve traditional marriage and the family, which are fundamental building blocks of any society. In 2004, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Utah each passed some form of state constitutional amendment defending traditional marriage.

I believe that redefining marriage sends a message to the next generation that children do not need mothers and fathers, and alternative family forms are just as beneficial as traditional families. Furthermore, I cannot think of anything more vital to the preservation of our society than encouraging traditional marriage in which children are raised by a mother and a father. Additionally, I think it is wrong for the government to legitimize the concept that children do not need mothers and fathers. I believe that the government must continue to encourage a strong marriage culture, with people marrying and raising children, because we know this provides the best, most stable environment for nurturing them. This is an important issue that requires the people to have the right to define marriage for themselves and for their voices to be heard. Please know that I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to press for passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment.

I strongly believe that marriage is an institution that should be encouraged and supported in our society. Working families deserve to keep more of what they earn. Accordingly, I cosponsored the Tax Relief Act of 2003 and supported passage of the Working Families Tax Relief Act. The passage of this bill prevents families with children, married couples, and low-income Americans in the 10 percent tax bracket from paying significantly higher taxes next year, by delaying the scheduled phase-out of the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, and the 10 percent tax bracket for five years. I am pleased that Congress worked with President Bush to prevent these scheduled tax increases on working families and 94 million Americans. President Bush signed this bill into law on October 4, 2004.

I am also working to make marriage an attainable goal for people in need. I was privileged to be an author of major welfare reform legislation, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. The need to build on the 1996 welfare reform bill cannot be overstated. To this end, I introduced with Senator Bayh of Indiana S. 2830, the Healthy Marriages and Responsible Fatherhood Act of 2004. The goal of this bill is to promote healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood as a means to help people get out of poverty by providing $200 million for healthy marriage and $100 million for research, demonstration, and technical assistance for those who choose to participate. The bill would also provide $100 million for responsible fatherhood initiatives. The evidence is overwhelming that healthy, stable families produce the best outcomes for parents and children. Strong families are crucial to overcoming poverty and reducing the cycle of welfare dependency.

Supporting marriage – legally, economically, and socially – will continue to be a goal of mine in the United States Senate. As we transition into the 109th Congress, I will continue to lead my colleagues in the defense of marriage.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on this important issue with you. If I can be of assistance with this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call on me.

Sincerely – Rick Santorum

Note 1:
I recently sent Mr. Santorum an email stating my feelings and opinion on his Federal Marriage Amendment, as well as his continuing effort to reintroduce it. I was very clear that I OPPOSE such an amendment. His response, however, shows that neither does he read his mail (personally), nor does his staff discern support from opposition. And, just in case you are gay and not paying attention, we are, again, the wedge issue in yet another dirty Republican campaign. So dust off your fairy wings and tiaras and get ready to be hauled up as grist for the Republican base’s mill.

Note 2: Read the Actual Federal Marriage Amendment here.

Note 3: The bill failed in the Senate in a vote of 52 against – 48 for.

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