Sens. Cruz and Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act

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February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, today introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, which respects the definition of marriage held by the people of each state and protects states from the federal government’s efforts to force any other definition upon them. The bill will ensure the federal government gives the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that have chosen to recognize same-sex unions.

“I support traditional marriage. Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens,” said Sen. Cruz. “The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for its residents.”

“How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state,” said Sen. Lee. “It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense Act provides an important protection for states, respecting the right to choose for themselves how each will treat the institution of marriage under the law.”

  • ndnpatriot

    It is so sad that Mr. Cruz and Mr. Lee have to present a bill for something which is already existent within the laws of our Constitution. “Anything which is not specifically covered within the Constitution is left to the sovereignty of states.” But as Del45 so truly stated: “Activist judges negate what voters decide!” So why do we keep allowing this!? Being “Sovereign States,” all our governors have to do is, thank the federal courts for their opinion, but tell them we are going to do “as the PEOPLE” wish!!!! Of course, the governors must have some CAJONES!!! (TESTICLES).

  • Del45

    Activist judges negate what voters decide.

  • mudguy1

    Sounds good but it will go no where. Reid and Obama will stop it.

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