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Marriage Protection Amendment

Location: Washington, DC

MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT -- (House of Representatives - September 30, 2004)

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to House Resolution 801, proceedings will now resume on the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 106) proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage.


Mr. CAPUANO. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Conyers) for the time.

I am standing here as living proof. I live in a district. I have been married for 30 years. I have two wonderful children. I now have the honor of representing, I do not know how many, married gay couples, and not once, not once has my wife and I had a discussion now that we have to split up because we have gay couples living near us. Not once have I had a single discussion by a single constituent who said, you know what, I am not going to get married because we can have gay marriage. Not once have I had a single child come to see me and say, oh, my God, save me, save me from having gay couples next door.

Yet I have had people, heterosexual couples, come to me and try to help them bring children from around the world so that they can enjoy the company and the love that they can share with children. I know gay couples, both married and not married gay couples, who are raising children. Some of those children are theirs. Some of those children are adopted. Some of those children are the children of their family members who have passed away.

I am not aware of any that are somehow being twisted; society is coming to an end. I am living proof; you will be okay. We will survive this, and all that will happen is that a few people, a few of all of our constituents, will have some joy in their life.

I am not threatened. My wife is not threatened. My children are not threatened. My world is not threatened, and it will not be. It is not threatened in Canada.

As a few points of information, these judicial activists, these terrible, horrendous people who have the audacity to interpret the Constitution of Massachusetts, happen to be appointed by Republican governors. Terrible.

As a final point of information, the people of Massachusetts will most likely have the opportunity to vote on this in a few years. Let them speak as well.


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