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“I thought [you] might be interested in the response I received from Senator Rubio about support for gay marriage. Truthfully I was not expecting a positive response from him, but the response that I did receive was completely offensive. Offensive not only to the LGBT community but to single parents as well. I hope that SGFN will take the time to post a story about Senator Rubio and his lack of respect, compassion, and honest representation of the LGBT community in government.” – Steve Simmons. 

Dear Mr. and Dr. Simmons-Trollinger,

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts regarding H.R. 8404, frequently referred to as the Respect for Marriage Act. Understanding your views helps me to better represent Florida in the United States Senate, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond. 

There is no more fundamental and sacred bond than a marriage between a man and a woman. I have long advocated that marriage is the essential foundation for raising children and serves as the core of a healthy and productive society. Children are best positioned to thrive when they are raised in a household with a married mother and father, and the stability provided by this environment is the most conducive structure to ensure local communities can flourish. I have championed pro-family efforts during my time in the Senate to ensure that families can provide for their children and that parents raising children are prioritized in any legislation that comes before the Senate. 

H.R. 8404 seeks to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-199), which recognized that marriage is defined as only a legal union between one man and one woman. Some suggest this bill simply codifies the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. However, it goes much further. For example, it creates a private right of action against any institution acting “under color of state law” – including religious entities and non-profits carrying out social services. This would force religious organizations to choose between practicing their faith and providing critical services for their communities like soup kitchens, battered women’s shelters, and rehabilitation programs. 

In addition to the substantive policy concerns, this legislative effort is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the real issues facing Americans. Congress should be focused on alleviating real problems facing Americans today. Before this partisan stunt, no one in our country was talking about the definition of marriage. They were struggling to deal with rampant inflation, a recession, a lack of dignified work that allows families to raise children on single incomes, an out-of-control southern border, drug overdoses spurred by Chinese fentanyl, and Communist China’s increasingly belligerent behavior. We should not waste time on the agenda of elite liberals out of touch with the concerns of everyday Americans. 

Therefore, if H.R. 8404 comes for a vote before the Senate, I will vote no. 

It is an honor and a privilege to serve you as your United States Senator. I will keep your thoughts in mind as I consider these issues and continue working to ensure America remains a safe and prosperous nation. 

Sincerely, 

Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator


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