Supreme Court Rules on Marriage
June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court
announced two important decisions this morning. The Court declared section 3 of
the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and remanded the decision of the
Ninth Circuit in the case regarding Proposition 8, holding that those who sponsored
Proposition 8 did not have standing to pursue an appeal that the State
for Religious Expression Chief Counsel Nate Kellum released the following
statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings on marriage:
disappointed in today’s rulings, it is important to remember that these
decisions are fairly limited in scope. This was not a sweeping decision like
when the Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade. Even after these decisions, each state retains the right to
define marriage for itself and its citizens.
am particularly troubled by the way both decisions betray the right of the
people to govern themselves. The citizens of California, who passed Proposition
8 with their votes, were robbed of their citizenship when state officials
decided not to defend the law. In the Defense of Marriage Act, the court
overturned legislation that passed with broad, bipartisan support, legislation
that could be been changed by Congress had the people willed it to be.
disregard for the rights of the people to govern
themselves opens the door to a distortion of the balance of power between the
three branches of government. We
must be conscious of this and work towards maintaining the rights of voters to
have a voice in their government.
doubt, marriage took a hit today, but it is still standing. In the vast majority
of states, marriage is reserved for one man and one woman. This is no time to
give up on the important institution of marriage. All is not lost, but we must stand to prevent the definition
of marriage from further erosion.
is the time to strengthen marriage. We know that the best environment for
children is in intact families with a mother and a father. This truth endures, regardless
of today’s decisions." Kellum concluded.
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