Democrats are touting the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RMA), a bill which enshrines protection for same sex marriage in federal law. It passed the House last week and is now set to go before the Senate.
While this may seem like an odd issue to focus on given problems with inflation and tensions abroad, two writers for The Federalist say there is a reason Democrats are fixated on it.
Bill could impact religious institutions
“Same-sex marriage is already a legal reality in all 50 states,” Jay Richards and Jared Eckert pointed out in an article published by the website on Monday. “So, why have Democrats in Congress decided to push this bill?”
“At a time of record-high inflation, an epidemic of fentanyl overdoses, a war in Europe, surging violence in cities, and illegal immigrants pouring across our southern border, why burn precious time to shore up same-sex marriage, which isn’t at risk?” they continued.
Richards and Eckert explained how the RMA goes far beyond codifying gay marriage since under its provisions, “religious foster care and adoption agencies may be sued if they perform state functions through child placement.”
Further, it would empower “the Internal Revenue Services to deny tax-exempt status to nonprofit religious organizations that believe in natural marriage.”
Authors say Democrats face “electoral blowout”
The pair acknowledged that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas raised doubts about whether there is a constitutional right to gay married as part of his concurrence in a recent case on abortion.
He was the only justice who did so, however, with Justice Samuel Alito stressing in his majority opinion that the ruling did not implicate other rights.
Thus, Richards and Eckert insisted that the real reason Democrats are focused on the RMA is that they “fear an electoral blowout in November.”
By pushing the legislation, the party hopes to “to fire up the progressive base and force Republicans in more liberal districts to cast an awkward vote.”
“A vote against the bill could anger certain swing voters” Richards and Eckert pointed out before adding that support for the legislation “could dispirit the GOP base.”
“The Democrats have set a trap,” the two writers concluded. “They hope to catch 10 GOP senators and avoid a filibuster on the bill. The question is whether there are 10 gullible enough to fall for it.”