H.J. Res 37: An Amendment to End Equal Protection Under Law

California Republican Dan Lungren of the House of RepresentativesDan Lungren, Republican Representative for California’s 3rd congressional district, has taken a step backward in history with the introduction of House Joint Resolution 37.

Although the United States did not begin as a nation that embraced equality for all its citizens, in the 222 years since the drafting of the Constitution we have come to recognize and respect the equality of citizens under the law to a greater degree, by treating non-whites as full citizens, by permitting women to vote, by ending Jim Crow segregation, by ending laws against interracial marriage, and by adding the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which mandates that all people shall receive “the equal protection of the laws.”

H.J. Res 37 would reverse the 14th Amendment by specifically mandating that same-sex couples be excluded from the right to marry everywhere in the United States. Lungren’s constitutional amendment would do more than this, preventing same-sex couples from attaining the same legal privileges as married couples under legal arrangements other than marriage.

Dan Lungren is trying to write discrimination back into the Constitution, and he’s not alone. 34 other members of the House of Representatives have joined him in supporting inequality under law. The cosponsors of H.J. Res 37 are:

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO, District 2)
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL, District 6)
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD, District 6)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN, District 7)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX, District 8 )
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA, District 10)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN, District 5)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA, District 7)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT, District 3)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO, District 6)
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA, District 4)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ, District 2)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA, District 11)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS, District 3)
Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI, District 2)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH, District 4)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO, District 9)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX, District 24)
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI, District 11)
Rep. John Mica (R-FL, District 7)
Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL, District 1)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS, District 1)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX, District 19)
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN, District 6)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA, District 16)
Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA, District 19)
Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY, District 5)
Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL, District 3)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA, District 9)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, District 21)
Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN, District 3)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA, District 3)
Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA, District 1)

If you find your representative in Congress on this list, click on his or her name to find phone and web contact information… then please do what you can to get in touch. Let your member of Congress know that discriminatory acts of Congress do not represent your wishes as a constituent.


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