Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted in favor of legislation designed to strengthen and preserve traditional American values this week. These bills address the issues of Americans right to display the American Flag, the preservation of the traditional version of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the protection of the institution of marriage.

H.R. 42 - The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005
  • States that a condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property.
  • Passed the House by voice vote on June 18, 2006. It has also passed the Senate and is awaiting the Presidents signature to make it law.

H.R. 2389 The Pledge Protection Act of 2005
  • Amends the Federal judicial code to deny jurisdiction to any Federal court, and appellate jurisdiction to the Supreme Court, to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance or its validity under the Constitution.
  • Congressman Poe is a cosponsor of this bill. It passed on June 19, 2006 by a vote of 260-167.

H.J. Res. 88 The Marriage Protection Amendment
  • Declares that: (1) marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman; and (2) neither the U.S. Constitution nor the constitution of any state shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon any other union.
  • The resolution failed to meet the 2/3 requirement for a constitutional amendment but did garner a majority of the House. The vote was 236-187 with Congressman Poe voting in favor.
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