FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage
"It was outrageous that this brazen judge appointed by President Obama would substitute his views for the sovereign decision made by both the Utah Legislature and the people of the state, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The decision by a single federal judge to redefine marriage in Utah is lawless, and we are pleased that the Supreme Court has put this decision on hold to allow the state to appeal it in an orderly fashion."
Judge Shelby, appointed to the bench by President Obama, issued his decision late on a Friday afternoon during the holidays, and refused to stay it to allow the state to appeal the ruling. Shelby justified his decision 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, a finding that Shelby twisted to justify his rewriting Utah's marriage laws.
"The actions of this activist judge are an affront to the rule of law and the sovereign rights of the people of Utah to define marriage," Brown said. "Shelby has attempted to twist what the Supreme Court ruled in the Windsor decision - that states have the right to define marriage - and turn it into the exact opposite conclusion. It's gratifying that the US Supreme Court has decided to stop this nonsense and allow the state of Utah the time to reverse it on appeal."
Brown noted that no matter how this case is decided, it highlights the need to preserve marriage in the US Constitution. "Everyone in America should be concerned to see how easily activist judges can cavalierly toss out the will of overwhelming majorities of legislators and voters alike. It's becoming increasingly clear that the people of America need to reclaim their sovereignty and amend the US Constitution to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
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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