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Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., is co-sponsoring two bills to protect marriage and the traditional role it serves, he said Monday.

 

H.R.  875, the Marriage Protections Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Dan  Burton, R-Ind., says courts created by Congress will not have  jurisdiction on cases under the Defense of Marriage Act. This would  leave same-sex marriage to be determined by the states and not the  federal courts.

 

H.J. Res. 45...

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., is co-sponsoring two bills to protect marriage and the traditional role it serves, he said Monday.
 
H.R.  875, the Marriage Protections Act of 2011, introduced by Rep. Dan  Burton, R-Ind., says courts created by Congress will not have  jurisdiction on cases under the Defense of Marriage Act. This would  leave same-sex marriage to be determined by the states and not the  federal courts.
 
H.J. Res. 45 will propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
 
Stutzman  said the Defense of Marriage Act is bipartisan legislation passed in  1996 by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton to set basic  guidelines for interaction of states in dealing with same-sex marriage.  Defending DOMA in court is the jurisdiction of the attorney general of  the United States.
 
For the last 15 years, attorneys general from  both parties have upheld their duties and represented the Federal  Government on DOMA as they have on other issues, but Attorney General  Eric Holder is picking and choosing which laws he will represent,  Stutzman said in a news release.
 
“The Judiciary Act of 1789  created the office of attorney general for the purpose of prosecuting  and defending federal laws in court.” Stutzman said “Attorney General  Eric Holder has not met this fundamental obligation. He has let the  American people down by refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act,  contrary to his own job description. The Justice Department is wrongly  exercising its prosecutorial discretion. In effect, it is circumventing  the process. Those who want to redefine marriage are free to introduce  that legislation. Instead of working in the system, Attorney General  Eric Holder and the Justice Department are taking the coward’s way out.”
 
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