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Karen Murray : June 26, 2015 2:46 pm : Home, Media Releases
News Release: 26 June 2015 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
The Constitution Party decries today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as an “unconstitutional decree that cannot legalize anything”, and equates its ruling with the Dred Scott decision, which held that certain people must be recognized as chattel under the law. Both decisions are unconstitutional and both are blatant examples of how the Rule of Law has been abandoned in America.
The Court’s decision does not alter the Constitution Party position that marriage is between a man and a woman, as God ordained from the Creation.
The Constitution Party continues to support the principle of religious freedom, as outlined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The Constitution Party believes this includes the God-given right of religious leaders to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, as well as the right of individuals to disagree on the matter of same-sex marriage without government interference, according to the dictates of their own conscience.
The Constitution Party agrees with Thomas Jefferson when he said, “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so, ” and calls for Civil Disobedience against such violations of the Rule of Law.
FACTS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION PARTY
In 1992 a coalition of independent state parties united to form the U.S. Taxpayers Party at its first national convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Among the notable convention speakers was former Congressman Ron Paul. The party’s founder, Howard Phillips of Virginia, Chairman of the grass-roots lobby, the Conservative Caucus, was nominated to be the party’s first candidate for President with retired Army Brigadier General Albion Knight of Maryland nominated as the party’s first vice-presidential running mate. The US Taxpayer’s Party secured ballot position in 21 states. Later, in 1999, the name was changed to the Constitution Party to better reflect the party’s primary focus of re-establishing the American Constitutional Republic according to the Actual Intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution.
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Constitution Party candidates were elected to partisan offices for the first time in 2006, including Montana State Representative Rick Jore. Many Constitution Party supporters hold local non-partisan offices across America, including Alaska and Pennsylvania, among others.
The Constitution Party is the only party which is completely:
- Pro-States’ Rights
- Pro-Second Amendment
- Pro-Constitutional, Limited Government
- Against- illegal immigration and amnesty
- Against- U.S. policy being dictated by the United Nations and other globalist organizations
- Against- undeclared unconstitutional wars (such as Iraq and Afghanistan)
- Against- free trade and all international trade agreements such as NAFTA & GATT
2012-2016 PLATFORM and RESOLUTIONS
WHY A THIRD PARTY?
1. To encourage voter participation and citizen involvement in the governing process.
2. Competition yields a Superior Product; i.e. better elected officials and better government.
· 95% of all incumbent candidates win re-election. In recent years, between 50 and 75 of incumbent Congressmen in the U.S. did not face an opponent on the November ballot, allowing them to be reelected without even campaigning.
· Voter choice is even more limited in state legislative races. 35 to 40% of the 6900 seats in state houses across the US (over 2500 seats) typically have no competition.
3. To address issues ignored by the two parties in power.
PAST THIRD PARTIES CHAMPIONED…
· A Woman’s Right to Vote -introduced in 1872 by the Prohibition Party. It wasn’t until 1916 that the two political parties in power began to consider the issue.
· Abolition of Slavery-introduced by the Liberty Party (1840/1844) The issue was not fully accepted by the Republican Party even as late as 1860. The Republican Party was itself a third party in 1854 when it was founded. Just a few years later, the Republicans defeated the incumbent conservative party, the Whigs, by running a man named Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, running in a four-way race, won the electoral college and the presidency even though he wasn’t on the ballot in nine states and received less that 40% of the popular vote.
· A Balanced Budget– focus of Independent/Reform Party (1992/1996) candidate Ross Perot who campaigned for fiscal restraint. By the time George W. Bush became president the budget was balanced. Today both parties give strong lip service to ending deficit spending though neither party is willing to make the tough political choices needed to balance the budget.
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