April 24, 2015 8:30 am -


Iowa Congressman Steve King put out a press release saying, “My bill strips Article III courts of jurisdiction, and the Supreme Court of appellate jurisdiction, ‘to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, any type of marriage.’”

Steve Benen writes

The “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act” has already picked up seven House co-sponsors – all of them Republican – including some familiar names like Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).

And that’s a shame because, even by 2015 standards, this idea is just bonkers.

This came up a couple of weeks ago when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), soon after launching his presidential campaign, told an Iowa audience “he would prod Congress to strip federal courts of jurisdiction over the [marriage] issue, a rarely invoked legislative tool.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to GOP Rep. Trying To Stop SCOTUS From Ruling On Gay Marriage

  1. Obewon April 24th, 2015 at 9:07 am

    “My bill strips the” ’14th and 10th Amendments from the constitution because conservative majority SCOTUS upheld equal marriage in 2014.’-Rep. (R-Iowa) Steve King thinks POTUS Obama will sign this?

    Iowa’s King is as anti-LGBT as these top ten outed right wing homophobes.

    • Dwendt44 April 24th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Since it’s a ‘bill’ instead of a Constitutional Amendment, the very court they want to stifle gets to decide on if it will pass Constitutional merit.

  2. Larry Schmitt April 24th, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Just once, I would like one of these mean-spirited douche bags to show one way that allowing gay people to marry each other harms anyone. They can’t because it doesn’t exist. This guy is scarier than any character in any Steven King novel. He makes the clown in It look like Mr. Rogers.

  3. allison1050 April 24th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Iowa ought to be seriously ashamed of what they sent to Congress but I know they’re not but the ought to be. But it is good for some to dream since it’ll never happen.

  4. William April 24th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Whew. That means civilized society can survive for a little longer.

  5. Denise April 24th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    He’s as crazy as a June bug!

  6. OldLefty April 24th, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    GOP Rep. Trying To Stop SCOTUS From Ruling On Gay Marriage

    Cause he loves the Constimatushin so much.

  7. skrekk April 24th, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Steve King is a bit late given that the issue of marriage equality is before the court. Bummer for all the dumb bigots, eh?

  8. fahvel April 25th, 2015 at 4:25 am

    whoa there, aint this gang of yoohoos real amurikans with respect for the constitution????

  9. Budda April 25th, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    How about joining the rest of us in the 21st century Steve?