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Thursday, November 8, 2007

NRCC: McNerney Undermines Marriage

First (and likely last) term Congressman Jerry McNerney once again stands against the people of his district. The following is from the National Republican Congressional Committee:

Jerry McNerney Votes against Safeguarding State Rulings on the Definition of Marriage

Washington- Once again, Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA -11) allied himself with Democrat leaders in Washington, instead of his constituents, as he voted to kill a measure to protect state marriage laws from being changed in a courtroom by trial lawyers. The important motion McNerney voted against would have ensured that states’ laws on the definition of marriage could not be overturned, redefined or restricted (House Roll Call 1056).

Because the measure was killed by McNerney and his Democrat colleagues, the Democrats’ Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) fails to fully protect state laws from being manipulated by trial lawyers. The current ENDA laws are being misused by judges across country granting them the power to define marriage according to their own personal opinions.
These are just a few examples of mishandling throughout the country:

2006, Lewis v Harris: The New Jersey Supreme Court cited the state’s non-discrimination laws to require the state legislature to either pass a same-sex marriage law or a civil union law.

2003, Goodridge v. Department of Public Health: The Massachusetts state Supreme Court opinion cited the state’s non-discrimination laws as evidence that the state should not discriminate in the area of marriage.

1999: The Supreme Court in Vermont forced the state legislature to pass either a same-sex marriage or civil union law, claiming that the state could not ban same-sex marriages or civil unions despite the fact they had an existing law outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

"Jerry McNerney had a clear opportunity to stand up for the rights of people in California, but McNerney once again put the liberal Democrat leadership in Washington first," said NRCC Communications Director Jessica Boulanger. "McNerney voted to give more power to wealthy trial lawyers and activist judges to define the sanctity of marriage over the views of the people who elected him to protect their freedoms."

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