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ADF attorney to address Del. legislature on proposed marriage amendment, sexual behavior bill

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

WHO:  ADF Senior Legal Counsel Brian W. Raum
WHAT:  Available for media interviews after testifying before the Delaware Legislature at hearings on S.B. 27 and H.B. 5
WHEN:  Wednesday, March 25, immediately following the S.B. 27 hearing, which begins at 1 p.m. EDT, and the H.B. 5 hearing, which begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT
WHERE:  Legislative Hall, 150 William Penn St., Dover

DOVER, Del. — Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Brian W. Raum will be available for media interviews Wednesday following his testimony before the Delaware Legislature on legislation which, if enacted, would amend the Delaware Constitution to protect the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“Delaware’s judges and politicians should never impose a system upon its citizens that knowingly deprives a child of a mom and a dad,” said Raum.  “A constitutional amendment is the best way to ensure marriage is protected from judicial and political activism, and 30 other states have adopted such legislation to preserve the integrity of the family.”

The proposed marriage protection amendment, S.B. 27, if approved by the Delaware Legislature, would amend the state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Raum will also be available for interviews after a subsequent hearing before the Legislature Wednesday to argue against the passage of H.B. 5, a bill that equates a person’s chosen sexual behavior with protected classes such as age, race, and handicap.  According to Raum, the act would place the state on a collision course with constitutionally protected religious liberty rights in decisions related to housing, employment, public accommodations, and other areas.

“Men and women are different, and nothing can change that,” said Raum.  “Passing H.B. 5 will undermine religious freedom statewide, allowing the government to demand that private citizens and employers act contrary to their own consciences.”

Raum will testify before the Senate on H.B. 5 a second time on Thursday, prior to a Senate floor vote on the measure.  That hearing will begin at 2 p.m. EDT.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.  Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.    

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