Ted Cruz To Introduce Constitutional Amendment To Ban Gay Marriage
[su_right_ad]Because the Supreme Court remanded decisions on gay marriage back to the states, refusing to hear cases on the issue, Ted Cruz would like a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban gay marriage. Never mind that letting states decide for themselves, without federal intervention, is what Cruz and many conservatives claim to stand for.
The Texas Republican called the decision “tragic and indefensible” and said he would introduce a constitutional amendment that would ensure states can ban gay marriage.
“By refusing to rule if the States can define marriage, the Supreme Court is abdicating its duty to uphold the Constitution. The fact that the Supreme Court Justices, without providing any explanation whatsoever, have permitted lower courts to strike down so many state marriage laws is astonishing,” he said in a statement.
“This is judicial activism at its worst. The Constitution entrusts state legislatures, elected by the People, to define marriage consistent with the values and mores of their citizens. Unelected judges should not be imposing their policy preferences to subvert the considered judgments of democratically elected legislatures.”
Cruz noted that the decision likely paves the way for gay marriage in 11 states: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. And it sets the stage for gay marriage nationwide.[su_csky_ad]
In other words, it sets the state for states to make their own decisions, a basic tenet of conservatives.