Last week the U.S. House voted to follow the Supreme Court of the United States in redefining “marriage.” Now, Senator Chuck Schumer is threatening to bring up the misnamed “Respect for Marriage Act” in the Senate. Shockingly, he may be close to getting the 10 Republican votes he needs to pass the bill and send it to President Biden’s desk.

The deceptively named “Respect for Marriage Act” (“RFMA”) disrespects the American people and threatens our most basic freedoms.

What the bill claims to do

Supporters of H.R. 8404 claim that it merely “codifies” in federal law the 2015 Obergefell decision that invented a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

What the bill actually does

This unnecessary bill’s sweeping language and its new and broad enforcement mechanisms threatens tens of millions of Americans who hold sincere and honorable beliefs about marriage, while laying the foundation for increased federal action and litigation against them.

What this bill actually is

While this bill is a political stunt, it is a dangerous stunt that would empower the federal government to discriminate against people and groups who hold sincere beliefs about marriage – honorable and reasonable beliefs shared by all major faiths, cultures and races throughout human history. This bill equips government with vast new powers to violate the constitutional freedoms of millions of Americans to speak and live according to their faith 

What I’m asking you to do

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U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan

Senator Murkowski has been consistently pro-abortion and for redefining marriage. It’s all but certain she will sign on as she’s already indicated she would.

Senator Sullivan, however, is unfortunately one of the U.S. Senators who is sitting on the fence on this critical issue. His staff has told us he is still studying it but there is nothing to study if you believe millions of Americans have a right to the traditional view of marriage and should not be legally punished for having such a view.

Please CLICK HERE to send an email right now to Senator Sullivan and let him know that linking arms with the Left isn’t compassionate or contemporary. Real leaders don’t vote out of fear or political calculus, and they certainly shouldn’t “evolve” on fundamental truths such as the sanctity of marriage. They don’t take their cues from the courts or public opinion either. They do what’s right, no matter what it costs them. That’s what voters respect. And that’s what voters deserve.

Keep in mind that when SCOTUS imposed its definition of marriage on America in 2015, we became only the 23rd country of 195 to do so, and only one of seven to have it imposed by a court. Today, only 33 countries have redefined marriage.

Just as astounding, only eight Republicans have jumped to marriage’s defense: Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) who spoke to Punchbowl News, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

A whopping 37, many of them pro-family stalwarts, are either “undecided” or unresponsive, CNN reports. It’s an eerie silence from dozens, who — just seven years ago – left zero doubts about where they stood. (By contrast, click here to read some of their statements back in 2015, when the Supreme Court attempted to redefine marriage.)

What’s changed? Certainly not the significance of marriage or the Constitution. Not the role of states’ rights. If anything’s changed, it’s the ferocious war being waged against children’s innocence, parents, religious liberty, and human biology.

Rest assured, Alaska Family Council will not change with the prevailing winds. But we need your help. Will you join us by contacting Senator Sullivan today? My friends, he needs to hear from you.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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Tell Sen. Sullivan he must stand for truth & defend marriage

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.


  • Sharon Alice Turner says:

    Sent Senator Sullivan a ‘politely scathing e-mail’, few days ago. Charging him with selling out his claim of being Pro US, Family, pro Life and as a former Marine, one who abides his solemnly sworn oath of office. I got terse retort: “This email address does not respond to voter comments!” What ? I pressed reply on his own “Senator Sullivan” update e-mail to me! So, we have yet another “Murky”/Swamp critter we call RINO? It will be another no vote for this sell out.

  • Anna says:

    Marriage is between a Man and Women period!

    • Gunter Thompson says:

      Only for Christians. For the rest of us we have the freedom and liberty to love (and marry) who we love.

      • Lobo says:

        Indeed.. You do have those rights, and an intelligent mind would be able to dissect the issue from a legal position.. You do not, however, have the right to demand that Christians condone, or codify your beliefs, and actions into law.. And that is exactly what you expect from others… I would suggest that you do a little research on the non-Christian faiths positions on your porcupine feelings… It is true that some Christian, and non-Christian groups have split on their ideas for political correctness, but, perhaps not as many as you seem to think… The Buddhist have mixed positions, depending on the exact group that you ask.. I have a suggestion… ask Allah, but have a steel collar on your neck first… Personally, I don’t care who you want to love, or marry.. Just refrain from demanding that I/we approve, condone, or accept your ideologies… That is solely your “Problem”..

      • Trained Observer says:

        Gunter Thompson, Civil unions were created so that those unified parties can receive the civil benefit of health insurance, tax and death benefits, without the additional benefit of being married, and do not be misled, marriage is a benefit, but only between a man and a woman, with a distinct purpose; to add kinship, to procreate, produce heirs and a legacy, and add a familial benefit to society. Societies are built on the back of families, not the individual. Civil unions only seek to benefit the individual; to satisfy the autonomous me, not the societal whole. Rugged individualism is the stuff of legends, but the exploit dies with the individual. The man who works to build and sustain for his family will live on not only in his accomplishments, but in his legacy, his family. With the advent of the neo-civil union, it takes more to produce less. It now requires a third party to produce what formerly only required one man and one woman. It convolutes who can be recognized as a “father,” and multiplies what has traditionally and scientifically been determined a “mother”. Two fathers, yet no mother; two mothers, yet no father. Now there is a movement to alter pronouns which describe mothers and fathers as producers of eggs and sperm and those capable of giving birth, even to the point of insinuating that men can give birth. Neat trick in a movie, but hardly a reality. Wanting something that one is unnaturally incapable of producing is the height of selfishness and that includes gender identity. XX or XY are the only options. The oddity does not create a norm, and a difference does not have to be a disparity. Standards become confusion when eliminated, and self-determination promotes only the individual. Strength in diversity is a battle cry for inclusion, but diversity becomes a weakness if the included brings nothing to the table but confusion. I agree with LOBO

      • Proud Alaskan says:

        I agree 100%
        I don’t care who you want to love, or marry.. Just refrain from demanding that I/we approve, condone, or accept your ideologies… That is solely your “Problem”..

  • Dianne A. Graham says:

    The RFMA will weaken traditional marriage and continue the onslaught against the nuclear family which is the bedrock of a healthy society. Stand strong against the RFMA Senator Sullivan.

    • James says:

      The Party wants no competition for its subjects’ loyalty, so the nuclear family has to go…

  • Therese Syren says:

    Thank you Jim, AK Family Council. Readers, please not the phone call option for urgent matters listed on Sen. Sullivan’s website.

  • Therese Syren says:

    Correction: Please NOTE the phone call option!!!

    • Lobo says:

      I do wish that there were an “edit” option, or even “delete” option… You have to accept responsibility for public posts though, and too much coffee can cause some issues.. Even so, I do appreciate this platform for informational resources.

  • dalton says:

    I dare someone in the drop shot Church to look up the word “harmless” in the phrase “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”. That is a fake translation. That Greek word means to be separate not harmless . The church was supposed to stop this great reset but they believed through a false translation that they are supposed to be harmless. The church is the biggest group in the world and they just stay in the bed and get fat. The word “wise” in Hebrew literally means to be skilled in war. A group of people this stupid and coward deserves what’s coming..

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Vote out Lisa first and then our other Rino Dan
    Vote God fearing people into office.
    That means local assembly’s, school boards, Juneau legislators and yes Washington DC
    If you don’t vote Shut up, you have no say.

  • Gunter Thompson says:

    Lobo: you wrote, “Personally, I don’t care who you want to love, or marry.. Just refrain from demanding that I/we approve, condone, or accept your ideologies… That is solely your “Problem”..”

    I feel exactly the same about Christian beliefs being imposed on me. So what to do?

    • Ken says:

      Marriage it self is a religious union that which if your gay you cannot have but you can go to the state and ask them to recognize your intended union with another why you would require any one to recognize your love for another is bizarre you dont need any ones permission to love another we as Christians aren’t forcing any beliefs upon you were simply pointing out that marriage is a religious function

  • brandon says:

    Call it a same sex union.. why redefine what doesn’t need to be.
    Create your own terminology for same sex couples and stop trying to pervert what marriage has always been.

  • Dalton Fox says:

    Hi: I tried to to submit a comment to Senator Sullivan and the form would not allow me to submit a valid phone #. It has a locked field in the that part.
    God bless!

  • Richard Corbeil says:

    Interesting how in a land that values liberty above all we can tell some of its people they don’t have the liberty to marry because we don’t like who you sleep with. I understand the point from the right. We don’t want any more crap shoved down our throats. Further, it took 50 years to abort Roe V Wade. I guess what my complaint is. Why does the federal government have anything at all to say about who gets married? Get the federal government out of marriage altogether. States can figure this out just fine.