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Supreme Court Hears a Challenge to California's ``PROPOSITION 8'' and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. HUELSKAMP. Mr. Speaker, this week the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases that are fundamental to the way our democratic society functions. Tuesday they will consider a challenge to California's ``Proposition 8'' prohibiting homosexual marriage in the state. And on Wednesday they will look at the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

In the midst of all the discussion and protest surrounding these arguments, I would encourage the Court to not be distracted from the fundamental issue before them--will the U.S. Supreme Court choose to radically redefine marriage, thus overturning the will of the American people as reflected in numerous votes by states, and by a vote of this body and signed into law by President Bill Clinton?

I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the will of the American people, support traditional marriage, and protect the democratic process by allowing the American people to express their will on this issue.

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