Friday, January 11, 2013

instaPoll Questions of the Week on Same-sex Marriage

Congressman Randy Forbes



The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments in late March on two key cases involving same-sex marriage.

The justices have agreed to hear arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry on the question of whether the U.S. Constitution bars California from limiting marriage to unions of one man and one woman.  Proposition 8, passed by California voters in 2008, re-instated the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman.

The Supreme Court will also consider arguments in U.S. v. Windsor on whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the U.S. Constitution.  DOMA was enacted in 1996 and defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. Another question before the Court is whether the House of Representatives' Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group* can defend DOMA, even though the Obama Administration deemed the law unconstitutional in 2011.

This week, we're asking you to weigh-in on two questions.

1st Question of the week: Do you believe the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman is constitutional for purposes of federal law?

( ) Yes
( ) No
( ) I don't know.
( ) Other

2nd Question of the week: Who do you believe should define marriage in the United States?
( ) Federal Government
( ) State Governments
( ) I don't know.
( ) Other

Take the poll here.

Find out the results of last week's instaPoll here

*The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group is a five-member panel consisting of the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Minority Leader, and Minority Whip.  Under House rules, the advisory group has the authority to instruct the non-partisan office of the House General Counsel to take legal action on behalf of the House of Representatives.


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