FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an immediate stay of the decision issued late Friday by circuit Judge Robert Shelby invalidating Utah's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, adopted by nearly two-thirds of state voters, and imposing same-sex marriage on the state. This morning Shelby, an appointee of President Obama, denied the state's request to stay his decision.
"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president. "This decision provokes a constitutional crisis. Not only is it unlawful, it roils the body politic and does great damage to the people's confidence in the judicial system itself as a lone federal judge attempts to usurp the sovereignty of the state. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay so that our higher courts can carefully and thoughtfully consider the profoundly important issues raised by this case."
Judge Shelby justified his decision issued late on Friday in part by speculating that a majority of the US Supreme Court would agree to redefine marriage, something they specifically declined to do in 2013 when they considered two cases before them on the issue. Instead, the majority in the Supreme Court ruled that states do in fact have the power to define marriage.
"It's outrageous that this judge is ignoring what the US Supreme Court has actually ruled, and instead speculates that they will eventually agree with him that marriage should be redefined to make it genderless and reorient it away from the interests of children and instead make it about providing official recognition of adult sexual relationships," Brown said. "This judicial activism must be stopped."
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.
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