In spite of the stalemate, the President has taken some bold steps that have only served to set the American people back. The most obvious is of course Obamacare. Rather than expanding healthcare to Americans most in need, over 5 million Americans have had their healthcare coverage cancelled.
President Obama's call for a Year of Action rang loudest when he dealt with income inequality. To his credit, he worked to minimize any language that would suggest wealth distribution and class warfare. However, in his discourse on economic inequality and improving the lives of Americans, our President asserted that higher paying jobs and access to education are the best opportunities that we can offer to improve the lives of Americans. On this point, I must strongly disagree with President Obama. I understand the importance of job creation and access to education. I also understand the political landscape that makes such claims easy to roll off of the tongue. But the reality is that the best opportunity for a brighter future is creating an environment where a child is raised in a healthy home by his or her married mom and a dad.
TAMPA, FL - Jan 29, 2014 - Floridians understand this truth. In 2008, 62% of the voters in my state chose to keep the natural definition of marriage because they understand the unique and irreplaceable value that fathers and mothers provide.
I hope that Floridians will make this a Year of Action, by doing everything possible to share information about The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 (H.R. 3829), introduced by Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas). This act affirms a state's right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prevents the federal government from undermining a state's definition of marriage.
Supporting Rep. Weber’s act is one step, but not the only step to protecting the definition of marriage. As always, I encourage each of you to stay informed and engaged and not to be silent about your views.