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Friday, May 23, 2014

New Obama administration grant policy: We will not tolerate dissension, diversity on same-sex marriage

Although the President himself recently did not endorse same-sex marriage, stressing that good people on both sides disagree, a new grant requirement indicates that his administration now is moving to eradicate any dissension or diversity of views on the subject.
The huge Health and Human Resources Services Administration (HRSA) has issued the following requirements of all grant recipients, regardless of their faith or convictions:
Federal Recognition of Same-sex Spouses/Marriages
The following policy applies to:
all grants except block grants governed by 45 CFR part 96, part 98, and grant awards made under titles IV -A, XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act.
• programs which base eligibility or otherwise make distinctions in program participation or content on such terms as "marriage," "spouse," "family," "household member," or similar references to familial relationship.
A standard term and condition of award will be included in the final Notice of Award (NOA); all grant recipients will be subject to a term and condition that instructs grantees to recognize any same-sex marriage legally entered into in a U.S. jurisdiction that recognizes their marriage, including one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory, or in a foreign country so long as that marriage would also be recognized by a U.S. jurisdiction, when applying the terms of the Federal statute(s) governing their awards. This applies regardless of whether or not the couple resides in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage. However, this does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or similar formal relationships recognized under the law of the jurisdiction of celebration as something other than a marriage. Accordingly, recipients must review and revise, as needed, any policies and procedures which interpret or apply Federal statutory or regulatory references to such terms as "marriage," "spouse," "family," "household member," or similar references to familial relationship to reflect inclusion of same-sex spouses and marriages. Any similar familial terminology references in HHS statutes, regulations, or policy transmittals will be interpreted to include same-sex spouses and marriages legally entered into as described herein.
This is how the self-proclaimed agents of tolerance and diversity enforce their ideology.

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