Sometimes, we just have to speak up. We have a good law in our country: the Defense of Marriage Act.

DOMA defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of federal agencies and federal laws. It also guarantees the right of states to decide their own marriage laws independently of federal laws and the laws of others states. So far, 42 states have either passed laws or amended their constitutions with their own DOMAs to prohibit homosexual “marriage.”

President Barack Obama has decided the DOMA is unconstitutional and that Attorney General Eric Holder would not defend it in court even though Obama said he supports traditional marriage. DOMA was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton with the majority of Americans supporting it.

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced a new bill in the U.S. Senate titled the Respect for Marriage Act. This legislation would uphold the principle that the federal government should not deny gay and lesbian couples the same rights and legal protection as straight couples. RMA would overturn DOMA.

As a Christian, this is immoral. Active homosexuality is a sin. Homosexuality is a perversion of God’s design for men and women and the raising of healthy children. We don’t need laws in this country to approve sinful behavior. Businesses would be forced to pay for insurance for their partners.

RMA is deceptive by its title. It does not respect the marriage rite. It must be stopped. DOMA is the law of America. President Obama should uphold it.

Therese Horcasitas


Baton Rouge