Two Lame Duck Republicans from Illinois Vote Against Marriage

Written by David E. Smith

The U.S. House passed H.R. 8404 yesterday to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA. It passed by a vote of 267-157 with 47 Republicans joining every Democrat. Seven Republicans did not vote.

The bill’s sponsor is leftwing U.S. Representative Jarrold Nadler (D-NY), who has been in Congress for 30 years. There were 179 cosponsors in the U.S. Houseall Democratswho are working feverishly to respond to the Dobbs opinion and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas call to revisit several SCOTUS decisions that contrived special rights that are not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

According to an article published by The Hill:

The measure, which faces a shaky future in the 50-50 Senate, calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a bill former President Clinton signed into law in 1996 that recognized marriage as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The measure referred to the word spouse as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”DOMA had passed through both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support.

Fifteen of the current eighteen members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation voted against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, including lame duck Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Rodney Davis.
(Next year, Illinois will only have 17 congressional districts.)

Voting Results to Repeal DOMA:

Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D)–YEA
1st Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4372
District Phone:             773-779-2401

Rep. Robin Kelly (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

2nd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-0773
District Phone:             773-321-2001

Rep. Marie Newman (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor
3rd Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5701
District Phone:             773-948-6223

Rep. Chuy Garcia (D)–YEA
4th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-8203
District Phone:             773-342-0774

Rep. Mike Quigley (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

5th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4061
District Phone:             773-267-5926

Rep. Sean Casten (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor
6th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4561
District Phone:             630-520-9450

Rep. Danny K. Davis (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

7th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5006
District Phone:             773-533-7520

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

8th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3711
District Phone:             773-506-7100

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

9th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2111
District Phone:             773-506-7100

Rep. Brad Sschneider (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

10th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-4835
District Phone:             847-383-4870

Rep. Bill Foster (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor
11th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3515
District Phone:             630-585-7672

Rep. Mike Bost (R)–NO
12th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5661
District Phone:             618-457-5787

Rep. Rodney Davis (R)–YEA
(Lame Duck Politician)
13th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2371
District Phone:             217-824-5117

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor
14th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-2976
District Phone:             630-549-2190

Rep. Mary Miller (R)–NO
H.R. 36 Co-Sponsor

15th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5271
District Phone:             217-240-3155

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)–YEA
(Lame Duck Politician)
16th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-3635
District Phone:            CLOSED UP

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)–YEA
H.R. 8404 Co-Sponsor

17th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-5905
District Phone:             309-966-1813

Rep. Darin LaHood (R)–No
18th Congressional Dist.
Washington Phone:             202-225-6201
District Phone:             309-671-7027

We encourage you to reach out to your federal lawmakers and express your disappointment for their vote. Matrimony is defined by God. No legislation or act of the judiciary will change the fact that marriage is one man uniting with one woman for life. Everything else is a mirage.

Once upon a time governments recognized the importance of marriage and family as the best environment to raise the next generation of healthy and productive members of society. Children need their mother. Children need their father. Moms and dads complement each other because God made them different and equipped them to take on specific roles. This is why government was in the marriage business in the first place – our nation wanted to incentivize the best possible environment for children to thrive.

As IFI’s Laurie Higgins has said,

“The government has no interest in inherently non-reproductive types of relationships. The government has no more interest in inherently non-reproductive erotic relationships than it does in platonic friendships.”

She also correctly points out that,

Marriage has an inherent nature central to which is sexual differentiation. Children have an inherent right to be raised whenever possible by a mother and a father, preferably their own biological parents. And the public good is served in incalculable ways by recognizing and protecting marriage and children’s rights.

Take ACTION: H.R. 8404 may be taken up in the U.S. Senate next week. Please take a moment to speak out to our two U.S. Senators to ask them to vote to protect the Defense of Marriage Act and vote NO to H.R. 8404. Remind them, “The government has no interest in inherently non-reproductive types of relationships. The government has no more interest in inherently non-reproductive erotic relationships than it does in platonic friendships.”

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Phone: (202) 224-2152

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Phone: (202) 224-2854

Please send a message and then follow up with a phone call early next week.

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