Hensarling's Statement on the Federal Marriage Ammendment
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Jeb Hensarling issued the following statement regarding a proposed Constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriages:
"I fully support the Defense of Marriage Act's definition of marriage as a legal and spiritual union between one man and one woman, period. As such, the federal government should not confer marital rights or benefits to individuals outside of that definition.
"Although we live in a free society and people are free to cohabitate, contract, and bequeath property as they see fit, marriage deserves special protection. Marriage between one man and one woman is an institution dating back thousands of years and serves as a critical part of the foundation of our civil society.
"Activist judges, like those serving on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, have placed that definition of marriage in jeopardy, which is why I have co-sponsored the Marriage Protection Act of 2003 to remove the court's jurisdiction over the Defense of Marriage Act. This is fully within Congress' power under Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution. Instead of requiring a super-majority vote in each chamber and ratification by the states, the Marriage Protection Act would only require two simple majority votes and the President's signature.
"Although I support amending the Constitution should Congress fail to remove the federal court's jurisdiction over this matter, amending the Constitution is both difficult and occasionally renders unintended consequences. It should only be used as a last resort. As Congress continues to debate this important matter, I remain prepared to take all necessary actions to defend the traditional institution of marriage."